According to a foreign ministry official, France will finish its evacuations from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan later this week if the US continues to its plan to withdraw its troops by the end of August.
If the US withdraws completely on August 31, as planned, “that means our operation concludes Thursday evening,” according to the Pentagon. So we’ve got three days left,” Nicolas Roche, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s chief of staff, told French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Tuesday.
Almost 2,000 French nationals and Afghans have been evacuated by France via an Abu Dhabi military facility in recent days, following President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement that the country was opening its arms to anyone threatened by the Taliban.
Another 62 French citizens are in need of evacuation, according to the foreign ministry, while authorities are looking into the demands of many more Afghans to leave the country.
US President Joe Biden has set a deadline of August 31 to complete the chaotic airlift orchestrated by thousands of temporarily deployed troops, but has left the door open to an extension if necessary.
However, a Taliban spokesman cautioned on Monday that the hardline Islamist party would not agree to any prolongation, describing the matter as a “red line” whe
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