September 18, 2021

Talks with Taliban not a sign of recognition: Macron – France’s Expat Guide

President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that France’s talks with the Taliban about withdrawing from Afghanistan did not signal the hardline Islamist group’s recognition of the country’s new ruler, saying it had rights and terrorism. Needs to meet the conditions for rejection.

France and other Western states have revealed in recent days that they are in talks with the Taliban, following the group’s capture of Kabul this month, and that foreign nationals are still in the country after the withdrawal of international troops. And how to put Afghans at risk.

We have to operate in Afghanistan – evacuation. The Taliban are in control; we have to have this dialogue from a practical point of view. That doesn’t mean there will be recognition, “Macron told TF1 television during a visit to Iraq.

“We’ve set the terms,” ​​Macron said, outlining three key areas.

He said the Taliban needed to respect humanitarian law by allowing asylum seekers to leave, and to adopt a “very clear line” against all terrorist movements.

If they deal with terrorist movements in Afghanistan and the region, it will be clearly unacceptable to all of us.

The third area is human rights and “respect for the dignity of Afghan women in particular,” she said.

Analysts say an important question in the months following the end of the evacuation phase is what the Western states will do with the Taliban and if some capitals may consider diplomatic relations and intelligence sharing.

– ‘Respect human laws’

France evacuated about 3,000 people from Afghanistan before ending its operation over the weekend. But Macron said hundreds or thousands of people still needed to be evacuated through France.

Macron said he could not promise that more people would be evacuated as a result of the talks, in addition to helping Qatar, which has good relations with the Taliban as well as Paris.

“The goal is to evacuate all the women and men who are in danger … will we get there? I can’t guarantee that,” he said.

Macron had earlier announced that France was jointly proposing a safe zone in the UN Security Council to help those in need. He added that the idea would help put pressure on the Taliban.

It will send a message to the Taliban that “if you want to move forward and keep a country open to the rest of the region and the world, you have to respect human laws and all the men and women who want to be safe.” Protection “.

Macron has been criticized in France for its policy on Afghan refugees, with the left saying the country is uncivilized and the right expressing security concerns.

With the upcoming 2022 presidential election, where migration will be a major battleground, Macron said the situation would not be comparable to that of Afghan refugees in 2015, when nearly one million people came to Europe during the Syrian civil war.

“Afghanistan is not Syria, and Afghans have been coming from their country for a long time in the past,” he said.

But he added: “What is certain is that there will be more people who will try to come to Europe and this will put pressure on our ability to host people.”

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