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France wants to send ambassadors to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan

France wants to send ambassadors back to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, according to President Emmanuel Macron, who insisted the move would not legitimize the Taliban government, despite all indications to the contrary.

President Emmanuel Macron said France, alongside a number of other European countries, was working to return ambassadors to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

The Taliban took control of the country from the US-backed administration in August, about a month after US troops withdrew from the country.

“We are thinking of an organization between several European countries … a place common to several Europeans, which would allow our ambassadors to be present,” Macron said.

Although he wants to send ambassadors to Afghanistan, Macron stressed that this was not recognition of the Taliban and that there would be no “political dialogue” with the regime.

“This is a different approach from political recognition or political dialogue with the Taliban … we will have representation as soon as we can open”, he continued, specifying that the problem of the security of any mission proposed had not yet been properly addressed. .

The EU also expressed interest in reopening its mission in Afghanistan, but also said the move would not represent recognition of the Taliban regime.

“The idea is, and what the EU is working for now, is to establish a minimum presence on the ground,” said an EU spokesperson. Radio Free Europe. “What is important, however, is to remind you that, as we have said on several occasions, this is not a sign of recognition.”

“We want to be able to better help the Afghan people who need our help by being close, and we must inevitably engage with the Taliban to facilitate the safe passage of EU citizens and Afghans at risk or to ensure continued access for humanitarian relief. help, ”continued the spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the United Nations decision on whether to allow the Taliban to appoint a member of the General Assembly on behalf of Afghanistan has been postponed. A new date on which the decision will be made has yet to be given, effectively barring the Taliban from entering the UN for the foreseeable future.

The Taliban have struggled since they came to power in Afghanistan. The UN estimates that 22 million Afghans suffer from food insecurity or outright starvation, with some families selling their daughters as married children to put food on the table.

Meanwhile, US sanctions have made it extremely difficult for the regime to raise funds.

None of these issues, however, prevented the organization from implementing its draconian principles.

The Taliban have shut down more than 250 media outlets since taking office and issued new religious guidelines banning TV shows with actresses and requiring women TV journalists to wear hijabs.

The regime has also reportedly used government documents to kill or “disappear” former members of the Afghan government.


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