U.N. text urges Taliban to let Afghans leave, doesn’t mention airport ‘safe zone’

PARIS — A draft U.N. Security Council resolution “expects” the Taliban to honor a commitment to allow Afghans to leave the country and “requests” that Kabul airport be securely reopened, but falls short of calling for a “safe zone” there, according to a text seen by POLITICO.

The Security Council notes a “statement of August 27, 2021, in which the Taliban committed that Afghans will be able to travel abroad,” and “expects that the Taliban will adhere to these and all other commitments,” the draft, co-written by the U.S., U.K. and France, said.

The 15 member states of the Security Council are expected to vote on the resolution

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