France rescued Indians stuck in Afghanistan, taken to Paris

France has rescued some Indians trapped in Afghanistan and taken them to Paris, according to India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar

Arul Louis Aug 20, 2021
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India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar speaks to reporters outside the United Nations Security Council chamber on Thursday, August 19, 2021. (Photo: Arul Louis)

France has rescued some Indians trapped in Afghanistan and taken them to Paris, according to India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar.

He told reporters in New York on Thursday, “I thanked the French Foreign Minister (Jean-Yves Le Drian) yesterday because as part of what France did, they also took back some Indians to Paris.”

“I think that was the right thing to do,” he said.

The priority for India is repatriating Indians stranded in Afghanistan that has been taken over by the Taliban, he said.

He said that India was in contact with the United States on bringing home Indian from Afghanistan because it controls the Kabul airport.

India has flown in some people from Afghanistan on Air Force planes. 

He said, “The immediate issue that we are looking at is really the repatriation of our nationals, in the case of India. India's nationals, other countries have their concern.”

“We are working with international partners in this regard, especially, principally the United States because they control the airport,” he added.

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