France evacuates more than 300 people from Afghanistan – .

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Taliban soldiers stand in front of a sign at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, September 9, 2021. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

PARIS, December 3 (Reuters) – France carried out an evacuation mission in Afghanistan, removing 258 Afghans as well as 11 French people, around 60 Dutch and an unknown number of people linked to them, out of the country, a door said. – speech of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. said Friday.

The operation was organized with the help of Qatar, according to a statement from the ministry.

The evacuees included endangered Afghans such as journalists as well as people with ties to France, including civilian workers who were employed by the French army. Since September 10, 110 French and 396 Afghans have been evacuated from Afghanistan on 10 flights organized with the help of Qatar, the statement added.

France and Qatar jointly led a humanitarian mission on Thursday, delivering medical equipment, food and winter supplies to international organizations operating in the country with a Qatari military plane, said the spokeswoman for the French ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) this week described “alarming” socio-economic prospects for Afghanistan for the next 13 months. Afghanistan is grappling with a sharp drop in international development assistance after the Taliban took power in August, and UNDP predicted that poverty could become near universal by mid-2022.

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Reporting by Mimosa Spencer; Editing by Tassilo Hummel and Will Dunham

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