Nearly 100 countries pledged on Sunday to make the Taliban keep their promise and allow those who wish to leave Afghanistan once US troops leave Kabul in compliance with the August 31 withdrawal deadline. This commitment appears in a joint declaration distributed by the State Department in Washington and signed by 95 nations, including Spain, in addition to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, and the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.
The group has said to have received “guarantees” from the Taliban so that the nationals of all those countries can travel safely, as well as the Afghans who have worked with them. They have promised that they will continue to issue the necessary documents so that these people can leave Afghanistan and said they have a “clear expectation” that the insurgents will respect those documents and allow them to travel.
“We take note of the public statements of the Taliban confirming this understanding,” they said. On Friday, one of the Taliban negotiators, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, announced that the group will not prevent anyone from leaving the country and promised that Afghans will be able to travel freely.
The statement from nearly 100 nations comes after thousands of people tried to get on one of the US flights at the Kabul airport, where on Thursday there was an attack that killed at least 170 people and left dozens of wounded.
Proposal to create a safe area at the airport
The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, stressed this Sunday that it is necessary to deal with the Taliban to ensure the continuation of evacuations in Afghanistan. “They are the ones who have operational control of Kabul and the territory and we have to discuss with them from the international community. That does not prejudge recognition,” Macron said in an interview with the TF1 television channel.
The international community demands three conditions from the Taliban, according to Macron: guarantees to those who have the right to international protection, not cooperating with terrorist organizations and respect for human rights and the dignity of women.
He also recalled that there are still “several thousand people” to evacuate, despite the fact that “we have done the maximum we could.”
France and the United Kingdom will present a proposal to the United Nations Security Council on Monday to create a safe zone in the civilian airport of Kabul under UN control, and from there try to remove people who have the right to international protection .
“We are going to build with our partners a negotiation with the Taliban” that will ensure that these people “can leave Kabul,” he stressed.