France plans not to develop any relations with the Taliban regime. Foreign Minister Le Drian has made serious allegations against the new rulers in Kabul.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accuses the Taliban of lying in Afghanistan. “They said they would allow some foreigners and Afghans to travel freely and they spoke of an inclusive and representative government, but they are lying,” Le Drian said late Saturday evening on France 5 television.
France refused to recognize the newly formed government in Afghanistan and would not have any relations with it. The French government wants to see action first. It would now be up to the Taliban, who needed economic respite and international relations. A few French nationals and a few hundred Afghans with connections to France were still in Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Le Drian will travel to the Qatari capital Doha on Sunday to discuss further evacuations. Paris has flown around 3,000 people from Afghanistan so far and had technical talks with the Taliban to enable them to leave.
A large majority of Germans want the federal government to behave very cautiously towards the new rulers in Afghanistan. Only six percent of the participants in a representative survey by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the German Press Agency are in favor of recognizing the government formed by the militant Islamist Taliban. 32 percent want contacts with the new rulers to be reduced to a minimum.