French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the Afghan “Taliban” movement is lying, and that his country will not establish any relations with its recently announced government.
“They said they would allow some foreigners and Afghans to leave freely and they talked about an inclusive and representative government, but they are lying,” Le Drian told France 5 television.
France evacuated about three thousand people and held talks with the “Taliban” to enable other individuals to leave, and the French minister said that there are still a few French people in Afghanistan and a few hundred Afghans with links to France.
He added: “France refuses to recognize it or to establish any form of relations with this government. We want actions from the Taliban and they will need economic respite and international relations. It is up to them.”