Afghanistan - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (27 november 2017)

Q - What protection is the French government considering for the former auxiliary staff members of the French army threatened by the Taliban in Afghanistan, whose visa applications have been denied? Have consultations been launched between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Armed Forces and to what end? ?

A - France is anxious to ensure the safety of people who worked in Afghanistan with our forces between 2002 and 2014. The safety of their families is also very important to us.

The interministerial commission established to that end has interviewed each of the applicants to verify facts and to assess the legitimacy of their applications. They were then invited to submit visa applications.

To date, more than 100 former locally recruited civilian personnel accompanied by their families (377 people in all) have been accepted in France, where they are receiving support. Some visa applications were denied because they did not meet the eligibility requirements stipulated by the relevant legislation.

We will continue to closely monitor the individual situations of those who supported the activities of the French forces in Afghanistan.

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