Taliban lie, French foreign minister says – .

Taliban lie, French foreign minister says – .

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attends a joint press conference at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, September 10, 2021. Jens Schlueter / Pool via REUTERS

PARIS, Sept. 12 (Reuters) – The Taliban are lying and France will have no relationship with its newly formed government, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday evening before heading to Qatar on Sunday to discuss the future evacuations from Afghanistan.

“They said they would let certain foreigners and Afghans go freely and (spoke) of an inclusive and representative government, but they are lying,” Le Drian said on France 5.

“France refuses to recognize or have any type of relationship with this government. We want action from the Taliban and they will need economic respite and international relations. It’s up to them to decide. “

Paris evacuated around 3,000 people and had technical talks with the Taliban to allow these departures.

Le Drian, who is traveling to Qatar’s capital Doha on Sunday, said there were still a few French nationals and a few hundred Afghans with ties to France left in Afghanistan.

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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