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Europeans and France working on starting a joint mission in Afghanistan

France, Europeans working to open joint mission in Afghanistan

Key Takeaway:

  • French President Emmanuel Macron said that few European countries are working on starting up a joint diplomatic mission in Afghanistan to enable their ambassadors to return to the country.
  • France announced on Friday that it had carried out an explosion mission in Afghanistan with Qatar’s help, taking more than 300 people out of the country.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that few European countries are working on starting up a joint diplomatic mission in Afghanistan to enable their ambassadors to return to the country.

Western countries have been grappling with engaging with the Taliban after taking over Afghanistan in a lightning advance as U.S. forces were competing with their pullout.

French President Emmanuel Macron said a joint diplomatic mission in Afghanistan to enable their ambassadors to return to the country

The U.S. and Western countries had shut down their embassies. They took away their diplomats as the Taliban seized Kabul, following which the militants declared a government whose top members are under U.N. and U.S. sanctions.

“We have been thinking of an organization between a few European countries, a common location for many Europeans, which will allow our ambassadors to be present,” Macron told reporters in Doha.

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The U.S., European countries, and others are reluctant to recognize the Pashtun-dominated Taliban, accusing them of backtracking on political and ethnic inclusivity and upholding the rights of women and minorities.

“This is a different plan than a political recognition with the Taliban … we will have a representation as soon as we could open,” he said, adding that they still needed to iron off security issues.

In a statement following talks with the Taliban a week ago, the European Union suggested it could open a mission soon.

“The E.U. delegation underlined that the possibility of establishing a minimal presence on the ground in Kabul, which would not entail recognition. It will directly depend on the security situation, as well as on effective decisions by the de facto authorities to allow the E.U. to ensure some protection of its staff and premises,” it said.

France announced on Friday that it had carried out an explosion mission in Afghanistan with Qatar’s help, taking more than 300 people out of the country.

Source-CTV News

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