The Taliban are mendacity, says France’s international minister | World information
PARIS (Reuters) – The Taliban are lying and France will have no relationship with its newly formed government, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said late Saturday before setting out on Sunday for talks in Qatar to discuss future evacuations from Afghanistan.
“They said they were going to release some foreigners and Afghans and (spoke) of inclusive and representative government, but they were lying,” Le Drian said on France 5 TV.
“France refuses to recognize this government or have any kind of relationship with it. We want action from the Taliban and they will need economic respite and international relations. It’s up to them.”
Paris evacuated around 3,000 people and had technical talks with the Taliban to make this exit possible.
Le Drian, who is traveling to the Qatari capital Doha on Sunday, said there were still a few French nationals and a few hundred Afghans with ties to France remaining in Afghanistan.
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(Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
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