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French Overseas Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian mentioned Monday that Paris believed it essential to proceed Afghan evacuations past Washington’s August 31 deadline following the Taliban takeover.
France is in search of to evacuate greater than 1,000 Afghans who’re fleeing the nation following the Taliban’s lightning takeover every week in the past, considered one of numerous nations scrambling to drag out weak people.
“We’re involved in regards to the deadline set by the USA on August 31. Extra time is required to finish ongoing operations,” Le Drian advised reporters on the UAE’s Al-Dhafra air base, the place France has arrange an air bridge for individuals evacuated from Kabul.
France had “sheltered” almost 1,200 individuals leaving Afghanistan between August 17 and 22, together with roughly 100 French nationals and 1,000 weak Afghans, in addition to dozens of different nationalities, the French delegation mentioned.
Le Drian mentioned that entry to Kabul airport was the principle situation dealing with evacuation operations.
“We nonetheless want to extend our coordination domestically, with the USA and with our companions current on website,” he mentioned.
Defence Minister Florence Parly mentioned Paris had a pre-approved plan to guard its residents and Afghans who had labored alongside France.
“We began planning airlift operations earlier than the autumn of Kabul,” she mentioned.
Le Drian and Parly have been as a consequence of meet diplomats, navy personnel, law enforcement officials, and “all of the workers working below extraordinarily tough situations to allow evacuation operations from Kabul” an official French assertion mentioned.
They have been additionally as a consequence of meet Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, de facto chief of the UAE, to “thank the Emirati authorities for his or her assist”, the assertion added.
US President Joe Biden has set an August 31 deadline for the chaotic airlift organised by 1000’s of quickly deployed US troops — however has left the door open to an extension if wanted.
Since August 14, roughly 25,100 individuals have been evacuated from Afghanistan aboard plane flown by the US and its allies, in accordance with a White Home estimate.
Britain mentioned Monday it will urge the USA at a digital G7 summit to increase an end-of-the-month deadline to finish evacuations of Western residents and Afghan colleagues from Kabul.
However a spokesman for the Taliban, Suhail Shaheen, advised Sky Information that the hardline Islamist group wouldn’t comply with any extension of the deadline, calling this a “pink line”, with any delay considered as “extending occupation”.
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