President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said discussions France is having with the Taliban over the evacuation of nationals and persons in danger from Afghanistan does not indicate recognition of the hardline Islamist group as the country's new rulers.
"We have operations to carry out in Afghanistan -- the evacuations. The Taliban are the ones in control... we have to have these discussions from a practical point of view. This does not mean there will be recognition. We have set conditions," Macron told the evening news show of TF1 television during a visit to Iraq.