Canada Starts Negotiations with Taliban on Bringing Citizens and Afghan Partners Home

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau confirmed on Aug. 29 that Canada and its allies are negotiating with the Taliban to evacuate foreign nationals and refugees from Afghanistan.

Garneau told The West Block that Canada will multilaterally negotiate with the Taliban in the following days to demand the safe passage of Afghans out of the country.

Canada will also demand that the Taliban allow the Kabul airport to return to normal operation, which Garneau asserted would help Afghanistan receive humanitarian aid such as Canada’s $50 million pledge.

The U.S. Department of State immediately released a joint statement with Canada and 90 other countries after Garneau’s interview.

“We have received assurances from the Taliban that all foreign nationals and any Afghan citizen with travel authorization from our countries will be allowed to proceed in a safe and orderly manner,” the statement read.

The statement added that the countries have a “clear expectation” of the Taliban’s commitment to the agreement.

However, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada is on-guard with the Taliban’s assurances.

“We don’t take them for their word, but we will continue to put pressure on them to make sure that through the coming weeks and months we are continuing to be able to get Afghans to safety in Canada,” Trudeau maintained.

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