Canada won't recognize Taliban government in Afghanistan: Trudeau

By: AFP      Published: 11:15 PM, 17 Aug, 2021
Canada won't recognize Taliban government in Afghanistan: Trudeau

Canada does not intend to recognize a Taliban government in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday, explaining that Ottawa continues to view the group as a terrorist organization.

"Canada has no plans to recognize the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan," Trudeau said.

"They have taken over and replaced a duly elected democratic government by force. And... they are a recognized terrorist organization under Canadian law."

On Monday, the United States said that it would only recognize a Taliban government in Kabul if it were to respect the rights of women and shun terrorists.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for G7 leaders to meet on Afghanistan, while European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Tuesday the bloc will have to talk to the Taliban.

However, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said earlier the West will judge the Taliban "by their actions."

Canada sent more than 40,000 troops to fight the Taliban during a 12-year campaign -- its longest war -- alongside allies. In total, 158 Canadian soldiers died.

In 2013, Ottawa added the Taliban to its list of banned terrorist entities, making it a criminal offense to have any dealings with the group.

The listing cites Taliban attacks on girls' schools, and the use of an ambulance for a suicide bombing in Kabul that killed at least 95 people, as examples of its "terrorist tactics."

Trudeau said his government's current priority is the evacuation of Canadian diplomats and Afghans who worked with Canada from Kabul. He has also said Canada would take in 20,000 Afghan refugees.

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