France and India on the same wavelength regarding terrorist threats from Afghanistan, says French Ambassador

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France and India on the same wavelength regarding terrorist threats from Afghanistan, says French Ambassador


French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain said on Tuesday that the Taliban in Afghanistan had failed to keep any of the promises they made to the international community after it took control of the country. He also assured that France is alongside India on the conditions they have set for the Taliban.

“We want an inclusive government and that the country is not used as a shelter for terrorists, training camps or does not export terrorism. We have had [the] same assessment. At present, the Taliban have not responded to any request from international communities, we are going to be quite strict, ”ANI news agency said, quoting Lenain.

In addition, he also said that France expects the Taliban to respect human rights and women’s right to education.

“We are on the same wavelength with India on the conditions we have set for Afghanistan. We want unhindered humanitarian access, we want everyone who wants to leave to be able to do so, we want respect for human rights, [the] women’s right to education, ”he added.

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The ambassador’s remarks came amid reports of repeated explosions and terrorist attacks in the Afghan city of Jalalabad. While the Taliban have said they will allow women to study at universities, they have banned coeducation in universities and schools.

India has repeatedly insisted that Afghan soil should not be used as a safe haven for terrorists or terrorist activity. Earlier in August, Indian Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal met with the Taliban’s Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai in what was the Indian side’s first official and publicly acknowledged contact with the Taliban. During the meeting, India voiced concerns that Afghan soil should not be used for “anti-Indian” activities and terrorism in any way, to which the Taliban. responded positively, said the Foreign Ministry (MEA).

Following the Taliban takeover, India evacuated more than 550 people from the country, including 260 Indians, the foreign ministry said in August. The ministry also said the vast majority of Indians who wanted to return have been evacuated.

In addition, the French envoy also said that the two countries were working closely on issues related to Afghanistan and that cooperation between India and France had been “intense from the start”, also reported the ‘ANI. “You may have seen the first evacuation flight (from Afghanistan) piloted by France comprising 31 of your elite Gurkha soldiers who protected our embassy,” he added.

(With ANI inputs)

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