Paris – France and Britain will on Monday urge the United Nations to work to create a “safe zone” in the Afghan capital Kabul to protect humanitarian operations, French President Emmanuel Macron said.
“This is very important. It will provide a framework for the United Nations to act in an emergency,” Macron said in comments published in the weekly. Journal du Dimanche.
Above all, such a safe zone would allow the international community to “keep pressure on the Taliban”, who are now in power in Afghanistan, the French leader said.
The five permanent members of the UN Security Council – France, Britain, the US, Russia and China – will meet on Monday to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.
Macron said Paris and London would take the opportunity to present a draft resolution aimed at “defining a ‘safe zone’ in Kabul, under the control of the United Nations, that would allow humanitarian operations to continue.”
His remarks came as an end to international efforts to expel foreign nationals and vulnerable Afghans from the country.
France ended its evacuation efforts on Friday, and the United Kingdom followed suit on Saturday.
US troops are scrambling under dangerous and chaotic conditions to complete a massive evacuation operation from Kabul airport by the August 31 deadline.
Macron announced on Saturday that “discussions with the Taliban” have begun to “protect and repatriate” Afghan citizens at risk after August 31.
Speaking to reporters in Iraq, where he was attending a meeting of key regional leaders, Macron said further airlift operations were likely, with the help of Qatar, which maintains good relations with the Taliban.
He said France has evacuated 2,834 people from Afghanistan since August 17.
In the article published by the French Sunday newspaper, Macron said he envisaged targeted evacuations in the future, “which would not be carried out at the military air base in Kabul” but perhaps through civilian airfields in the Afghan capital or neighboring countries.