September 28, 2021

France discusses humanitarian reconciliation with Taliban: Macron – Expat guide for France.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that talks were under way with the Taliban through Qatar to protect and repatriate Afghans at risk since the group’s capture.

Makran told a news conference after a summit in Baghdad that the evacuation was planned jointly with Qatar and could include “aircraft operations.”

He added that France, which ended its withdrawal from Afghanistan on Friday, had evacuated 2,834 people since August 17.

To continue the departure, talks with the Taliban have begun, Macron said.

He said France was counting on help from Qatar – which has good relations with the Taliban – which is hosting peace talks – to arrange more flights.

While in Baghdad, Macron held separate talks with the Emir of Qatar on the possible role of Doha.

“The focus will be on further evacuations from Afghanistan, to bring out the men and women we have identified and whom we have granted temporary (residence) permission,” Macron said.

He also said that “respect for the human rights of the Taliban” is a condition of any political engagement for France and its allies.

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