Following the news that the first French military plane carrying French citizens from Afghanistan landed in Abu Dhabi yesterday, France thanked the UAE for helping its citizens to leave the country after the Taliban seized control.
Florence Parly, France’s Minister of the Armed Forces, offered her gratitude for the Emirati assistance during a phone call to Mohammed Al Bawardi, UAE Minister of State for Defence Affairs.
Al Bawardi stressed the UAE’s commitment to supporting its allies in efforts to protect security as well as stability in the region.
Efforts to bolster military ties between the nations
According to reports, the ministers also discussed efforts to encourage military ties between the nations during the call.
The UAE has also previously shared its hope that stability could be achieved in Afghanistan so the conversation was certainly aligned with this train of thought.
Earlier this week, it was clear that the Taliban have taken over the presidential palace in Kabul and claimed victory. Chaotic images have flooded social media of people trying to board aircrafts and flee the country. Television footage also showed fighters in the presidential palace, claiming victory.
Images on social media showed frenzied scenes as people tried to board and even falling from aircraft just to get out of the country to gain safety.