Macron Says in Address to Nation Afghanistan Must Never Again ‘Sanctuary of Terrorism’

Islamist militants will seek to profit from the turmoil in Afghanistan, French President Emmanuel Macron said in a national speech on Monday, adding that France will do everything possible to ensure that Russia, the United States and Europe respond with a common purpose.

“Afghanistan must not become the haven for terrorists it once was,” the French president said in the short televised speech.

“It is a challenge for international peace and stability, against a common enemy. We will do everything possible so that Russia, the United States and Europe can cooperate efficiently, because our interests are the same.”

The Taliban entered Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan on Sunday when Islamist militants took over the country 20 years after they were toppled by a US-led invasion.

( Jowharwith REUTERS)

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