French air traffic will be suspended on Thursday if the United States withdraws on August 31

Since the fall of Kabul, now in the hands of the Taliban, on August 15, France has installed a plane to expel the threatened French and Afghans.

Air traffic set up by France to evacuate Afghans seeking to flee the Taliban from Kabul will end on Thursday, August 26, if the US leaves Afghanistan as planned on August 31, a senior official said on Tuesday.

If the United States pursues the goal of a total withdrawal on August 31, “our operation ends on Thursday evening, in terms of” re-planning, “so we have three more days,” Foreign Minister Nicolas Roche’s cabinet director explained to Prime Minister Jean Costex in the presence of reporters.

Since the fall of Kabul, now in the hands of the Taliban, on August 15, France has installed a plane to evacuate the threatened French and Afghans. Approximately 2,000 people have already been deported from the country in these ways.

The Taliban has strongly opposed postponing the departure of US troops from Afghanistan, citing the possibility of handling a virtual G7 summit evacuation on Tuesday and considering sanctions.

The Foreign Ministry has identified 62 French nationals to be deported, and several Afghans have called for an evacuation by authorities. During a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Support Center (CDCS), Mr. Costex stressed that “others need to differentiate between emergencies that require quick answers.”

The CDCS bridge has received nearly 120,000 calls since its inception, with “90% to 95% of the calls coming from Afghan refugees in France who are concerned about their families,” the ministry said.

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