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UN Security Council calls on Taliban to ensure ‘safe’ exit for Afghans

UN Security Council adopted on Monday a resolution calling on the “Taliban movement” to respect its “obligations” for a “safe” exit for all those who want to leave Afghanistan, without demanding the establishment of a safe zone that France had called for.

Thirteen of the 15 Security Council members voted in favor, including France and the United Kingdom, while China and Russia abstained, AFP reported.

In a related context, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that the administration of President Joe Biden is working to end the evacuations and the departure of US forces on time by the end of August 31.

She confirmed, during the press conference at the White House, that about 6,000 Americans have been evacuated so far, and indicated in her response to journalists’ questions that there is an unknown number of Americans in Afghanistan and that the US administration is working to determine the remaining number of those who want to return to the United States.

Psaki noted that the US State Department is consulting with allies and partners to secure safe corridors for those wishing to leave Afghanistan after August 31.

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