- Title: France's Macron says situation has "profoundy deteriorated" in Afghanistan
- Date: 26th August 2021
- Summary: DUBLIN, IRELAND (AUGUST 26, 2021) (AGENCY POOL) (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "The ambassador (for France in Afghanistan) and some of the staff, as you know, the ambassador, his staff, several other French nationals, our special forces, are on site at the military airport. They are to leave the Afghan territory in one of the last flights." SECURITY GUARDS AT PRESSER (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "The security situation is not under control. So we will keep, with our allies, in particular our American allies, in a discussion which has been developing at the airport are nearby with the Taliban, we will do everything we can to evacuate them (French nationals and some Afghans)."
- Embargoed: 9th September 2021 16:41
- Keywords: Emmanuel Macron French President Ireland visit Ireland-France Irish President Michael Higgins bilateral meeting presser
- Location: DUBLIN, IRELAND
- City: DUBLIN, IRELAND
- Country: Ireland
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Europe,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA004ERX3KNB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The situation in Afghanistan has profoundly deteriorated, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday (August 26) while visiting Ireland, as a suspected suicide bomb exploded outside the airport and killed at least 13 people.
"We are facing an extremely tense situation," Macron told a joint news conference with Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin, calling for caution.
He said France's ambassador in Afghanistan would not remain in the country for security reasons, adding French special forces were at the airport.
He added that talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan were underway as buses with French citizens and people France wants to protect are at the entrance of Kabul airport.
(Production: Lea Guedj)
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