France and the United Kingdom want to establish a so-called ‘safe zone’ in the Afghan capital Kabul, from which humanitarian aid can continue under the protection of the United Nations.
The two countries will table a resolution on this tomorrow when there is an emergency meeting of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, announces French president Emmanuel Macron.
“This is very important. This would provide a framework for the United Nations to act in emergencies,” says Macron to the French Sunday newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.
According to the president, such a safe zone in Kabul also makes it possible for the international community to continue to put pressure on the radical Islamic Taliban, who have seized power in Afghanistan.
France terminated its evacuation mission in Kabul on Friday. That of the United Kingdom came to an end on Saturday. Macron said earlier this weekend that talks are being held with the Taliban to ‘protect and repatriate’ Afghans who are in danger when the Americans leave the country on 31 August.
The French president hopes for the help of Qatar, which has good ties with the Taliban.