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Taliban fails to live up to its promises of inclusive leadership: France

France's foreign minister has expressed disappointment in Afghanistan's newly formed Taliban government

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Taliban fighters guard outside the airport in Kabul on Aug. 31.
Taliban fighters guard outside the airport in Kabul on Aug. 31.

France's foreign minister has expressed disappointment in Afghanistan's newly formed government, saying the group so far has failed to live up to its promises of offering a more moderate and inclusive style of leadership.

Speaking alongside his Qatari counterpart during a visit to Doha on Monday, Jean-Yves Le Drian said, The response we have seen from Kabul so far is not up to our expectations.

Le Drian said and the rest of the community will continue pressing the not to harbour terrorists, to allow the secure delivery of humanitarian aid and to protect the rights of women, among other demands.

We have heard the statements made (by the Taliban), though we are waiting for actions, Le Drian told reporters. Words are not enough.

Qatar, a tiny Gulf Arab state that has hosted a office in its capital for years and played an outsized role in the evacuation of US and foreign forces from Afghanistan, sent a high-level diplomatic delegation to the country on Sunday.

Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Qatari officials used those discussions to encourage the Taliban to engage with the community and avoid isolation by preserving the hard-won gains of Afghan people, particularly women, over the years.

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First Published: Mon, September 13 2021. 16:53 IST