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France, UK to propose safe zone at Kabul airport at UN meeting – POLITICO – .


France and the UK will present an emergency UN Security Council resolution calling for a safe zone at Kabul airport to allow people to continue to leave Afghanistan, according to Emmanuel Macron.

“Our motion for a resolution aims to define a security zone in Kabul, under UN control, which would allow humanitarian operations to continue,” the French president told Journal du Dimanche in an interview. He said the plan was “to protect these threatened Afghans and get them out of the country in the days or weeks to come.” We will see if this can be done through the capital’s civilian airport or through neighboring countries.

Later, during a visit to Mosul in Iraq, Macron said: “I do not see who could object to allowing the security of humanitarian operations,” according to Reuters.

In the interview, Macron said the UK supports the plan although there has been no official statement from London and at the time of publication the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office had not responded to a request for comment.

UN Secretary General António Guterres will hold a meeting on the situation in Afghanistan on Monday with the envoys of the permanent members of the Security Council: Britain, France, the United States, China and Russia.

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