French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that France and Britain would urge the United Nations to work to establish a “safe zone” in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to make humanitarian work safer.
“This is very important. It will provide a framework for the United Nations in an emergency.
The French leader added that such a safe zone would allow the international community to maintain pressure on the Taliban, who are now in power in Afghanistan.
The five permanent members of the UN Security Council will meet on Monday to discuss the situation in France, Britain, the United States, Russia and China-Afghanistan.
Macron said Paris and London would take the opportunity to present a draft resolution aimed at “defining a ‘safe zone’ in Kabul under UN control that would allow humanitarian work to continue.”
During a visit to Mosul, Iraq, he said the plan was fully operational.
“I’m very hopeful that it will succeed. I don’t see anyone who would be against securing humanitarian projects.”
His comments come at a time when international efforts to relocate foreign nationals and vulnerable Afghans have ended.
France ended its evacuation efforts on Friday, and Britain followed suit on Saturday.
The U.S. military is moving in a dangerous and chaotic manner to complete a large-scale evacuation operation from Kabul airport by the August 31 deadline.
Macron announced on Saturday that talks had begun “with the Taliban” for the safety and repatriation of Afghans in danger beyond August 31.
Speaking to reporters in Iraq, where he was attending a meeting of key regional leaders, Macron added that with the help of Qatar, which maintains good relations with the Taliban, more airlift operations were possible.
He added that France had evacuated 2,834 people from Afghanistan since August 17.
In an article published by the French Sunday newspaper, Macron also referred to the kind of dialogue in some quarters in France that “creates fear” about the arrival of Afghan refugees in France.
“My role is not to instill fear in our compatriots, but to provide solutions to them,” he added. .