Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said Canada will not acknowledge the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan and revealed he spoke with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a press conference on Tuesday.
"I also spoke last night with former U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who shares our concern for Afghan women and girls," Trudeau revealed. "She welcomed our efforts and urged Canada to continue our work. Governments, international organizations, and civil society must continue to work together to support women and girls in Afghanistan. The Afghan people need the world to stand with them. And that is what Canada will continue to do."
"Look, Canada has no plans to recognize the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan. When they were in government 20 years ago, Canada did not recognize them as a government. They have taken over and replaced a duly elected democratic government by force. And, as you point out, they are a recognized terrorist organization under Canadian law," he said.