France will begin expelling its citizens from Afghanistan on Monday. The planes with the evacuees are scheduled to land at French military bases in the United Arab Emirates.
Defense Minister Florence Barley has announced that the first flights with departures from Afghanistan will depart at the end of the day. The evacuation involved dozens of people – mainly French citizens, embassy staff and NGOs, but in Afghanistan, which is under the protection of the French government, Minister Barley said. The operation will be carried out using two military planes to transport the evacuees to the French military base in Abu Dhabi.
At the same time, an extraordinary meeting of the State Security Council dedicated to the crisis in Afghanistan was held in Paris. In the evening, President Emmanuel Macron will deliver a speech in which he will report on the steps taken by French officials to ensure that French officials wait for the expulsion and that Afghans are not persecuted by the Taliban.
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