Macron says Taliban recognition 'should have price'

Macron says Taliban recognition 'should have price' ahead of G20 summit
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Speaking with a French broadcaster about the upcoming G20 summit, Macron insisted there be a 'price' for 'international recognition' of the Taliban, including on women's rights.
Humanitarian access was part of Macron's price [LUDOVIC MARIN/POOL/AFP/Getty]

France's President Emmanuel Macron said the forthcoming G20 summit must send a clear message to Afghanistan's Taliban on the conditions for international recognition.

In an interview with France Inter radio station broadcast on Tuesday, Macron said those conditions must include equality for women, access for foreign humanitarian operations and non-cooperation with Islamist terror groups.

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"I believe international recognition should have a price, and the dignity of Afghan women, equality between men and women, should be one of the points on which we insist, and should be a condition for us," Macron said.

Referring to the G20 summit due to take place in Rome later this month, Macron said: "We will talk about Afghanistan. We absolutely must, that's to say us, the Europeans, the Americans, China, Russia, the big powers of Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America all together, we must have a very clear message that we will set conditions for recognition of the Taliban."

(Reuters)