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World Leaders Push for ‘Safe Zone’ in Kabul

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France, Germany and the United Kingdom have submitted a proposal to the UN aiming to establish a safe zone in Kabul.

The proposal mainly aims at to allowing a safe passage for people stranded at Kabul airport.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the resolution would be brought on Monday to an emergency UN Security Council meeting of veto-wielding members.

He pointed out that Qatar was also helping negotiations.

“What we have proposed, and what we plan to bring to the UN Security Council along with Britain and Germany is a solution which would involve creating a zone allowing people to arrive at that airport.”

However, he said it was too early to reach any conclusions.

“It can mobilise the whole international community, and it also puts pressure on the Taliban.”

Taliban to Guarantee Safe Zone ?

The Taliban has earlier promised to allow foreigners and Afghans to leave Afghanistan beyond 31 August.

This came during a meeting between the Taliban groups and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Blinken pointed out that Washington and its allies had “a responsibility to hold [the Taliban] to that commitment”.

Blinken said the US was still on track to complete operations at Kabul airport by the end of the month.

There are still thousands inside and outside the airport wanting to fly out.

More than 82,000 have travelled from Kabul, which fell to the Taliban 10 days ago. The militants have opposed extending the deadline of the US-led evacuation.

Kabul has earlier urged all European countries including Poland in early July to halt forced deportations for the next three months.

Several countries haven’t said yet when they plan to end their operations, perhaps hoping to avoid yet another fatal crush at an airport that’s one of the last ways out of the country.

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