Canadian officials meet with Taliban representatives in Qatar

OTTAWA —
As the financial state of affairs continues to deteriorate in Afghanistan, diplomats from Canada and different western nations met with Taliban officials in Qatar Thursday to debate humanitarian help for the war-torn nation.

The Canadian authorities is ready to present help to the United Nations and non-governmental organizations to assist the individuals of Afghanistan, however in an interview airing Sunday morning on CTV’s Question Period, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the federal government won’t give help or cash on to the Taliban.

“I can’t imagine that we would send aid to the Afghan people via the Taliban, … if there are ways multilaterally with other partners that we can support the Afghan people,” stated LeBlanc.   

According to a senior authorities supply, permitting Afghans who labored for the Canadian navy to depart the nation was additionally mentioned on the assembly.

Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen tweeted pictures from the assembly, exhibiting Western diplomats from many nations, together with the United States, European Union, United Kingdom and Canada, in attendance.  

“The participants reiterated their commitments to continue humanitarian aids to Afghanistan. I told them (the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan) is a reality and we are ready to engage with the International Community and resolve issues through talks and understanding based on mutual interests and positive interaction,” tweeted Shaheen.

CTV News has recognized one of many Canadian representatives on the assembly as David William Sproule, Ottawa’s particular envoy to Afghanistan, who beforehand served as Canada’s ambassador to Afghanistan from Oct. 6, 2005, till April 17, 2007.

This will not be the primary assembly Sproule has had with the Taliban since they took management of Afghanistan. According to the Globe and Mail, Sproule spoke with top-raking Taliban officials on Aug. 30 about points associated to the Kabul Airport.

LeBlanc says he assume it’s “responsible” for Canada to be collaborating in conversations with allies and the Taliban about humanitarian help however that these conversations don’t assist legitimize the Taliban.

“It in no way the signals that our government has any intention of recognizing the Taliban as a legitimate government in Afghanistan, they remain under Canadian law, a listed terrorist organization, and that will certainly remain,” stated LeBlanc.

With recordsdata from CTV Ottawa Bureau Chief Joyce Napier and CTV News’ Sarah Turnbull




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