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Macron Says France, Britain To Propose Kabul Safe Zone To UN

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On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that France, Britain and Germany are working on a United Nation proposal aimed at establishing a safe zone in Kabul to allow safe passage for people trying to leave Afghanistan. Macron, who claimed that France had begun discussions with the Taliban to explore how further evacuations might proceed, stated that the resolution would be brought on Monday to an emergency UN Security Council meeting of veto-wielding members.

Macron stated in a TV interview, “There are some discussions to see how flights could be re-established,” adding that Qatar was also helping negotiations. He added, “What we have proposed and what we plan to the UN Security Council along with Britain and Germany is a solution that we have used before in other operations which would involve creating a zone allowing people to arrive at that airport.” When asked whether he was optimistic that it would be accepted by the Taliban, he stated that it was too early to reach a conclusion but worth pursuing. He also added that even though the discussions are carried with the Taliban, France will not necessarily recognise Taliban rule officially.

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