Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Trudeau: Canada to push for sanctions against Taliban at G7 meeting

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will push for economic sanctions against the Taliban in a virtual meeting with leaders of the Group of Seven countries on Tuesday.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Called For a G7 meeting to work on a response to the “humanitarian crisis” in Afghanistan as thousands of civilians try to flee the country at the hands of the Taliban in the capital Kabul last week.

Trudeau told reporters on Monday that he would “absolutely” push for sanctions against the Taliban at the meeting, backing Johnson’s plan to tighten further crackdowns on the group.

“The Taliban is already recognized as a terrorist entity under Canadian law. When our G-7 leaders meet soon, we will certainly talk about what else we can and should do,” he said at a news conference in Halifax.

The G7 countries are Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan.

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one in VaccinationFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair criticized Western countries for unnecessarily abandoning Afghanistan and its people and questioned whether the West had “lost its strategic will.”

Blair wrote, “The world is now uncertain where the West stands because it is so clear that this decision to withdraw from Afghanistan was politically motivated, not grand strategy.”

“We did it to the cheers of every jihadist group around the world.”

When asked to comment on Blair’s remarks and whether the United States made a mistake in withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan, Trudeau did not respond directly.

Trudeau said the Canadian government’s full focus is “to get as many Afghans out as possible”, adding that Canada has participated in military missions and humanitarian aid to Afghanistan for many years.

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US President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the US military was considering potentially extending the August 31 withdrawal deadline, but “our hope is that we will not have to extend.”

Senior federal officials said on Monday that a Canadian C-17 Globemaster evacuated 436 people from Kabul airport on Sunday night – including Canadian citizens and family members, as well as Afghan nationals accepted by Canada for resettlement. Were.

The revelations came during a briefing for journalists on Monday, following reports from Afghans, who previously worked as interpreters for Western military forces and news agencies, who are now hiding for fear of retaliation from the Taliban.

With files from Reuters and The Canadian Press.

Andrew is a reporter based in Toronto.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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