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Canada’s Trudeau leaves door open to Taliban sanctions as G7 meet looms – Times of India


MONTREAL: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left the door open to sanctions on the Taliban Monday, noting that the Islamist group that now controls Afghanistan stays a “terrorist entity”.
“Canada already recognises, and has for lengthy, that the Taliban are terrorists, and harbour terrorists. That is why they’re on the terrorist record. So, sure, we are able to discuss sanctions,” Trudeau informed reporters.
On Tuesday leaders of the G7 group of rich nations — Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US — will meet just about on Afghanistan.
Trudeau stated he was “trying ahead to” a dialog “shortly with my fellow G7 leaders as we have a look at what extra we are able to do.”
Britain, which presently holds the rotating presidency of G7, has stated that aid of present sanctions “will depend upon the habits of the Taliban”.
The Islamist group swept to energy in mid-August, practically 20 years after its first regime was toppled in 2001 by the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.
America and its allies are racing to evacuate tens of hundreds of individuals from the nation earlier than US President Joe Biden‘s August 31 deadline for the ultimate withdrawal of all its forces.
However with the European Union and Britain saying it could be unimaginable to get everybody out by then, Biden is below strain to increase the deadline.
Britain stated Monday it could urge the US to increase it, whereas the Taliban warned any delay would result in “penalties.”
Trudeau didn’t reveal his place on pushing the deadline again.
He stated Canada’s focus stays “on getting as many Afghans out to security as attainable”.
The scenario stays “unstable and chaotic” close to the airport in Kabul, the place hundreds of terrified Afghans fleeing Taliban rule have gathered for days in a bid to make it on to an evacuation flight, senior Canadian authorities officers stated Monday.
Canada resumed flights to Kabul on Thursday for the primary time because the Taliban seized the Afghan capital.
4 flights have taken off from Kabul to Canada, the most recent of which carried 436 Canadian residents and Afghan nationals on Sunday.
Practically 900 Afghans have arrived in Canada below a brand new particular immigration programme, the Canadian officers stated. Canada not too long ago pledged to absorb 20,000 Afghan refugees below the programme.



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