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Macron says France, Britain to propose Kabul safe zone

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PARIS (Reuters) – France and Britain will submit a resolution to an emergency United Nations meeting due Monday on Afghanistan proposing a safe zone in Kabul to try and protect people trying to leave the country, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday.

“Our resolution proposal aims to define a safe zone in Kabul, under U.N. control, which would allow humanitarian operations to continue,” Macron told French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) in an interview published on Sunday.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is convening a meeting on Afghanistan with the U.N. envoys for Britain, France, the United States, China and Russia – the Security Council’s permanent, veto-wielding members.

Macron said on Saturday that France was holding preliminary discussions with the Taliban about the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and the possible evacuation of more people from the country.

U.S. military forces, which have guarded the airport in Kabul, are due to withdraw by a Tuesday deadline set by President Joe Biden. France is among countries that have also ended evacuations from Kabul airport.

(Reporting by Sarah White and Bertrand Boucey; Editing by Leslie Adler)

Photo  French President Emmanuel Macron attends a press conference with Iraqi President at the Iraqi presidential palace in Baghdad, Iraq, 28 August 2021. Macron arrived in Baghdad on 27 August on an official visit during which he will attend a summit of Middle East leaders. EPA-EFE/AHMED JALIL