The Taliban are lying, and France will have no ties with the country’s newly constituted administration, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian declared late Saturday before departing for discussions in Qatar on Sunday to discuss future evacuations from Afghanistan.
“They said they’d let some foreigners and Afghans leave freely and (spoke) about an inclusive and representative administration, but they’re lying,” Le Drian said on France 5 television.
“France refuses to recognise or have any type of relationship with this government. We want actions from the Taliban and they will need some economic breathing space and international relations. It’s up to them.”
Paris has evacuated about 3,000 people and had held technical talks with the Taliban to enable those departures.
Le Drian, who is heading 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.