Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Macron wants G20 to put pressure on Taliban to give girls a future

PARIS (WNN) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that he wants a group of 20 major economic powers to set conditions for recognizing the Taliban, including ensuring the rights of women and girls.

So far under the Taliban, young Afghan girls have been allowed to return to primary school, but older girls are barred from attending high school and most women are not allowed to return to work.

Macron said on France-Inter radio that global powers should tell the Taliban: “You must give a future to the young girls in your country, and that is something we will see before we recognize you.”

He said that letting all girls go back to school is one of his concerns.

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Macron also told France-Inter radio that he would raise the issue at the G20 summit in Rome later this month. Among other conditions for recognition, he said, the Taliban should allow continued humanitarian operations, and refuse to cooperate with “Islamic terrorist groups” in the region.

Macron said that it is not only the Western powers creating such conditions, but they should also “convince regional powers, powers, who do not necessarily have the same value on all issues, to act together.”

At a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month, the G20 powers discussed sending a unified message before giving global legitimacy to the Taliban.


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