Iraq’s President Barham Salih and France’s President Emmanuel Macron attend a news conference ahead of the Baghdad summit at the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq August 28, 2021. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
August 28, 2021
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday France will keep troops in Iraq as part of anti-terrorism operations for as long as the Iraqi government needs, whether or not the United States decides to withdraw.
Macron was speaking at a news conference in Baghdad where several Middle Eastern leaders were attending a summit.
Asked about evacuations of people from Afghanistan, Macron said there were preliminary discussions with the Taliban about humanitarian issues and who would help those who need protection. France said on Friday its evacuation operation had finished.
(Reporting by Manuel Ausloos, Writing by Sarah White, editing by Andrew Heavens)