Situation not under control due to US withdrawal from Afghanistan: Macron.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that the US’s decision not to extend the deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan beyond August 31 has put all of us in a situation that is no longer under control.
Macron made the remarks at a joint press conference with Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin on Thursday during a one-day work visit to Dublin, Xinhua news agency reported.
Asked whether the US and its allies have compromised their moral responsibility following Washington’s decision, Macron said he would not use the word “betrayal”.
He said it is not safe for other countries to continue with the evacuation due to the US decision.
“We want to work hard and well until the last minute to maximize operations and ensure the safety and care of our people,” Macron added.
He said that France has so far helped to evacuate 2,600 people, of which about 2,000 Afghan civilians are still at risk and the evacuation is still going on.
“I cannot guarantee that we will be successful because the security situation is not under control,” the president said. Let us inform you that Macron arrived in Dublin on Thursday morning.
Martin was received by Irish President Michael Higgins ahead of a meeting with Martin at government buildings.
During which the two sides discussed issues of common concern as well as the Afghanistan issue.
Australia halts its evacuation operation after the Kabul terror attack.
Australia has suspended its ongoing evacuation operation in Afghanistan. Australia took this decision after the suicide bombings by Islamic State at Kabul’s airport.
The country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave this information on Friday. Australia has advised its citizens in Afghanistan to distance themselves from Kabul Airport.
Australia has advised Australian citizens present in the airport premises to move to a safe place and wait for further orders due to the risk of a terrorist attack there.