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France Says Need More Time For Afghan Evacuation, Taliban Stick To Aug 31

Kabul airport witnessed anarchic evacuations afterwards Taliban bedeviled ascendancy of Afghanistan. (File)

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday that Paris believed it all-important to abide Afghan evacuations above Washington's August 31 borderline afterward the Taliban takeover.

France is gluttonous to abandon added than 1,000 Afghans who are beat the country afterward the Taliban's lightning takeover a anniversary ago, one of a cardinal of nations scrambling to cull out accessible individuals.

"We are anxious about the borderline set by the United States on August 31. Additional time is bare to complete advancing operations," Le Drian told reporters at the UAE's Al-Dhafra air base, area France has set up an air arch for bodies abandoned from Kabul.

France had "sheltered" about 1,200 bodies abrogation Afghanistan amid August 17 and 22, including about 100 French nationals and 1,000 accessible Afghans, as able-bodied as dozens of added nationalities, the French appointment said.

Le Drian said that admission to Kabul airport was the capital affair adverse aborticide operations.

"We still charge to access our allocation locally, with the United States and with our ally present on site," he said.

Defence Minister Florence Parly said Paris had a pre-approved plan to assure its citizens and Afghans who had formed alongside France.

"We started planning airlift operations afore the abatement of Kabul," she said.

Le Drian and Parly were due to accommodated diplomats, aggressive personnel, badge officers, and "all the agents alive beneath acutely difficult altitude to accredit aborticide operations from Kabul" an official French account said.

They were additionally due to accommodated Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, de facto baton of the UAE, to "thank the Emirati authorities for their support", the account added.

US President Joe Biden has set an August 31 borderline for the anarchic airlift organised by bags of briefly deployed US troops -- but has larboard the aperture accessible to an addendum if needed.

Since August 14, almost 25,100 bodies accept been abandoned from Afghanistan aboard aircraft aureate by the US and its allies, according to a White House estimate.

Britain said Monday it would appetite the United States at a basic G7 acme to extend an end-of-the-month borderline to complete evacuations of Western citizens and Afghan colleagues from Kabul.

But a agent for the Taliban, Suhail Shaheen, told Sky News that the hardline Islamist accumulation would not accede to any addendum of the deadline, calling this a "red line", with any adjournment beheld as "extending occupation".

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