Canada has encountered the Taliban many times since the fall of Kabul

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Canada has met with the Taliban many times since the fall of Kabul

However, there is no question of recognizing the new Afghan government, assures Justin Trudeau.

Canada is continuing its discussions with the Taliban, in particular with a view to defending the rights of Afghani.

Canadian government officials have met with Taliban officials on at least 13 occasions in Qatar since taking power in Afghanistan in August 2021, documents obtained through the Access to Information Act reveal. CBC, the English network of Radio-Canada.

These documents show that Canada's senior official for Afghanistan, David Sproule, who once served as ambassador, lobbied the Taliban, along with various officials from Global Affairs Canada (AMC) and allied countries, to commit to increasing women's rights, fighting terrorism and allowing Afghans who want to leave the country.

< p class="e-p">Unlike the United States Department of State and the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Canada does not provide regular updates on its talks with the government in Afghanistan.

CBC's interview request to speak with Mr. Sproule was denied by AMC, but the department acknowledged that the senior official had engaged in informal talks with the Taliban, adding that he would continue to pressure them on human rights issues.

The documents obtained by CBC are primarily emails sent by Mr. Sproule to his colleagues at the department. In particular, they show that the Taliban want to maintain diplomatic relations, but also that they minimize the dangers faced by Afghans who try to leave, despite the multiple reports on the subject.

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David Sproule (pictured right) was Canada's Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007.

In a meeting held on October 12, 2021, shortly after taking power, the Taliban, for example, asked representatives of foreign governments to reopen their embassies in Kabul.

According to a note Mr. Sproule wrote to his colleagues, then-acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi also called on those governments to lift their sanctions, saying the new regime was inclusive. because ethnic minorities were represented there and women in government had not been fired.

During this same meeting, the Taliban reportedly promised not to do obstacle to Afghans wishing to leave the country. However, they would have added that some of them pretend to be in danger only in order to go in search of economic opportunities.

These same Taliban, again according to Mr. Sproule, have also suggested that foreign governments interested in helping women start by paying the salaries of 200,000 female teachers in the country.

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Taliban fighters fired into the air to disperse a gathering of women outside the Ministry of Education building in Kabul days before the first anniversary of the return to power of extremist Islamists on August 13.

The next meeting, also in October, would also have given the Afghan government representatives the opportunity to recognize a minor problem within the cabinet, namely… the lack of women.

According to Mr. Sproule, they also claimed that female judges, prosecutors and others who take part in protests against the regime deliberately incite security personnel to retaliate against them so that they can produce videos to support their claims. asylum abroad.

The Taliban, he says, accuses the international community of adopting a double standard approach in acknowledging many other governments that came to power by force, but not theirs.

Finally, regime officials reportedly agreed on November 23 that there might be an advantage in striking a power-sharing deal with respected figures outside the movement to give it additional legitimacy, acknowledging that the past four decades in Afghanistan showed that a political group could not entirely control the country by force. they were ready to share their monopoly, according to Mr. Sproule.

Correspondence obtained by CBC further shows that Mr. Sproule was disturbed by the introduction of the Taliban into the Canadian embassy on September 10, 2021, just under a month after the fall of Kabul. and the evacuation of Canadian diplomatic personnel.

A report by the British news agency Sky News that day showed journalists entering British embassies and Canadian company accompanied by Taliban security agents.

Footage from the Canadian compound included bottles of wine thrown on the ground and a Taliban representative commenting: They must have had a lot of money to eat so much… They used to eat good food, getting drunk and then having sex together.

The first reference to this event in Mr. Sproule's emails is in a note written on September 20, 2021, in which he raises concern about the Taliban entering the Canadian Embassy in breach of duty. […] of Afghanistan to protect diplomatic assets.

Mr. Sproule reportedly highlighted the event in meetings in October and November 2021 with different Taliban representatives. He was then told to forward the video of the incident for the case to be prosecuted.

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The Canadian Embassy in Afghanistan closed in summer 2021.

The last meeting between Mr. Sproule and representatives of the Taliban summarized in the documents obtained by CBC took place on February 16, 2022.

A document says the senior official warned the Taliban that the international community's future engagement with their government would be directly influenced by its actions against terrorist groups and that Afghanistan should no longer be allowed to serve as a basis for terrorist activities.

In response, Taliban Defense official Abdullah Hanefi reportedly insisted that the Taliban controlled all Afghan territory and that although small cells may exist, no terrorist groups were using Afghanistan. as a training ground or to fund activities.

For Nipa Banerjee, Professional in Residence at the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of #Ottawa, it is absolutely essential to maintain diplomatic relations with the Taliban, even though dealing with them may not be easy.

“Abandoning the Taliban at this point, to me, would be tantamount to abandoning ordinary Afghans who have no one to support them.

— Nipa Banerjee, Ex-Diplomat

Ms. Banerjee worked at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul for four years. Part of his tenure was while Mr. Sproule was Ambassador, from 2005 to 2007.

According to the former diplomat, Canada could team up with allied countries to open a representation in Afghanistan in order to have a presence on the ground – without formally committing to reopening its embassy.

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Such an office could verify the facts that the Taliban allow girls to return to school and do not imprison political dissidents, she illustrates.

Whether the Taliban are trustworthy or not is something that needs to be proven, Banerjee says Canada should tackle fact-checking with targets, outcomes and indicators of results.

Chris Alexander notably served as Canada's Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005.

Arriving in the House of Commons on Wednesday morning, Justin Trudeau assured that Canada has no intention of recognizing the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, you have to have commitments with these people, admitted the Prime Minister. But the reality is that, like our partners in the international community, we are trying to ensure more education for girls and respect for human rights. inside Afghanistan, he insisted.

In addition, the Canadian government is there to try to facilitate the exit of people connected to the Canada in Afghanistan, added Mr. Trudeau.

Canada has allocated more than $143 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and the region this year.

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau appointed David Sproule as the top civil servant for Afghanistan in the last Canadian federal election. He made the announcement on Twitter on August 27, 2021.

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Canada has encountered the Taliban many times since the fall of Kabul

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Canada has met with the Taliban many times since the fall of Kabul

However, there is no question of recognizing the new Afghan government, assures Justin Trudeau.

Canada is continuing its discussions with the Taliban, in particular with a view to defending the rights of Afghani.

Canadian government officials have met with Taliban officials on at least 13 occasions in Qatar since taking power in Afghanistan in August 2021, documents obtained through the Access to Information Act reveal. CBC, the English network of Radio-Canada.

These documents show that Canada's senior official for Afghanistan, David Sproule, who once served as ambassador, lobbied the Taliban, along with various officials from Global Affairs Canada (AMC) and allied countries, to commit to increasing women's rights, fighting terrorism and allowing Afghans who want to leave the country.

< p class="e-p">Unlike the United States Department of State and the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Canada does not provide regular updates on its talks with the government in Afghanistan.

CBC's interview request to speak with Mr. Sproule was denied by AMC, but the department acknowledged that the senior official had engaged in informal talks with the Taliban, adding that he would continue to pressure them on human rights issues.

The documents obtained by CBC are primarily emails sent by Mr. Sproule to his colleagues at the department. In particular, they show that the Taliban want to maintain diplomatic relations, but also that they minimize the dangers faced by Afghans who try to leave, despite the multiple reports on the subject.

Enlarge image

David Sproule (pictured right) was Canada's Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007.

In a meeting held on October 12, 2021, shortly after taking power, the Taliban, for example, asked representatives of foreign governments to reopen their embassies in Kabul.

According to a note Mr. Sproule wrote to his colleagues, then-acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi also called on those governments to lift their sanctions, saying the new regime was inclusive. because ethnic minorities were represented there and women in government had not been fired.

During this same meeting, the Taliban reportedly promised not to do obstacle to Afghans wishing to leave the country. However, they would have added that some of them pretend to be in danger only in order to go in search of economic opportunities.

These same Taliban, again according to Mr. Sproule, have also suggested that foreign governments interested in helping women start by paying the salaries of 200,000 female teachers in the country.

Enlarge image

Taliban fighters fired into the air to disperse a gathering of women outside the Ministry of Education building in Kabul days before the first anniversary of the return to power of extremist Islamists on August 13.

The next meeting, also in October, would also have given the Afghan government representatives the opportunity to recognize a minor problem within the cabinet, namely… the lack of women.

According to Mr. Sproule, they also claimed that female judges, prosecutors and others who take part in protests against the regime deliberately incite security personnel to retaliate against them so that they can produce videos to support their claims. asylum abroad.

The Taliban, he says, accuses the international community of adopting a double standard approach in acknowledging many other governments that came to power by force, but not theirs.

Finally, regime officials reportedly agreed on November 23 that there might be an advantage in striking a power-sharing deal with respected figures outside the movement to give it additional legitimacy, acknowledging that the past four decades in Afghanistan showed that a political group could not entirely control the country by force. they were ready to share their monopoly, according to Mr. Sproule.

Correspondence obtained by CBC further shows that Mr. Sproule was disturbed by the introduction of the Taliban into the Canadian embassy on September 10, 2021, just under a month after the fall of Kabul. and the evacuation of Canadian diplomatic personnel.

A report by the British news agency Sky News that day showed journalists entering British embassies and Canadian company accompanied by Taliban security agents.

Footage from the Canadian compound included bottles of wine thrown on the ground and a Taliban representative commenting: They must have had a lot of money to eat so much… They used to eat good food, getting drunk and then having sex together.

The first reference to this event in Mr. Sproule's emails is in a note written on September 20, 2021, in which he raises concern about the Taliban entering the Canadian Embassy in breach of duty. […] of Afghanistan to protect diplomatic assets.

Mr. Sproule reportedly highlighted the event in meetings in October and November 2021 with different Taliban representatives. He was then told to forward the video of the incident for the case to be prosecuted.

Enlarge image

The Canadian Embassy in Afghanistan closed its doors in the summer of 2021.

The last meeting between Mr. Sproule and Taliban representatives summarized in the documents obtained by CBC took place on February 16, 2022.

A document says the senior official warned the Taliban that the international community's future engagement with their government would be directly influenced by its actions against terrorist groups and that Afghanistan should no longer be allowed to serve as a basis for terrorist activities.

In response, Taliban Defense official Abdullah Hanefi reportedly insisted that the Taliban controlled all Afghan territory and that although small cells may exist, no terrorist groups were using Afghanistan. as a training ground or to fund activities.

For Nipa Banerjee, Professional in Residence at the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of #Ottawa, it is absolutely essential to maintain diplomatic relations with the Taliban, even though dealing with them may not be easy.

“Abandoning the Taliban at this point, to me, would be tantamount to abandoning ordinary Afghans who have no one to support them.

— Nipa Banerjee, Ex-Diplomat

Ms. Banerjee worked at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul for four years. Part of his tenure was while Mr. Sproule was Ambassador, from 2005 to 2007.

According to the former diplomat, Canada could team up with allied countries to open a representation in Afghanistan in order to have a presence on the ground – without formally committing to reopening its embassy.

>

Such an office could verify the facts that the Taliban allow girls to return to school and do not imprison political dissidents, she illustrates.

Whether the Taliban are trustworthy or not is something that needs to be proven, Banerjee says Canada should tackle fact-checking with targets, outcomes and indicators of results.

Chris Alexander notably served as Canada's Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005.

Arriving in the House of Commons on Wednesday morning, Justin Trudeau assured that Canada has no intention of recognizing the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, you have to have commitments with these people, admitted the Prime Minister. But the reality is that, like our partners in the international community, we are trying to ensure more education for girls and respect for human rights. inside Afghanistan, he insisted.

In addition, the Canadian government is there to try to facilitate the exit of people connected to the Canada in Afghanistan, added Mr. Trudeau.

Canada has allocated more than $143 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and the region this year.

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau appointed David Sproule as the top civil servant for Afghanistan in the last Canadian federal election. He made the announcement on Twitter on August 27, 2021.

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