German diplomacy has announced talks with the Taliban about the evacuation of Afghans who worked for West Germany in Afghanistan. Canada will not recognize Taliban power in this country, announced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The German government wants to talk to the Taliban about the evacuation of Afghans who worked for German forces in Afghanistan. This was announced on Tuesday evening in Berlin by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
The German ambassador to Kabul, Markus Potzel, traveled to the Qatari capital of Doha, where representatives of the US authorities are holding talks with a Taliban delegation. The ambassador is to ensure that “local forces can also go to the airport and depart,” said Maas.
The Bundeswehr is evacuating people from Afghanistan
The Taliban have established checkpoints near the Kabul airport and, according to the head of German diplomacy, only allow foreigners to pass through. Maas said there are currently 180 people at the airport to be evacuated by Bundeswehr planes.
Potzel was previously Germany’s Special Representative in Afghanistan. The Taliban is officially represented in the Qatar capital, where peace talks between Islamists and the pro-Western Afghan government began in 2020.
Canada will not recognize Taliban power
The Taliban “have been designated a terrorist organization by Canadian law, and our focus is on helping people get out of Afghanistan,” Trudeau said at a press conference. He stressed that Canada did not recognize the Taliban government in the past and will not do so now.
Canadian media pointed out that on Monday the Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau replied to a similar question that it was still “too early” to make decisions.
On Monday, Trudeau said Canada would send military transport planes to Kabul in the coming weeks to help evacuate Afghans fearing a return to Taliban rule. Among them are, among others translators who collaborated with Canadian troops during their mission in Afghanistan.
Canada launched a special immigration program for people and their families who helped Canadian soldiers. On Friday, Marco Mendicino, the immigration minister, informed that around 20,000. Afghans at risk of repression by the Taliban will find refuge in Canada. Additionally, the federal government has launched another immigration program targeting women, human rights defenders, journalists, persecuted religious minorities and members of the LGBTQ community.
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