French officials meet Taliban to discuss Kabul evacuations


The French foreign ministry and a Taliban spokesman have confirmed they have been in talks about further evacuations of people from Kabul, while Paris has hinted it may extend its original Friday evening deadline for ending the operations.

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French officials have met Taliban representatives to discuss evacuation efforts from Kabul, France's foreign ministry has confirmed, reports BBC News.

Earlier, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen tweeted that a meeting had taken place in the Qatari capital Doha on Thursday.

"Operational contacts have indeed taken place in recent days with representatives of the Taliban movement, in Kabul as well as in Doha, in order to facilitate our current evacuation operations," the foreign ministry said in a statement sent to Reuters news agency.

France is still trying to evacuate several hundred Afghans. European affairs minister Clément Beaune has indicated evacuations might continue beyond a deadline of Friday evening.

See more live coverage of the Kabul evacuations from BBC News.

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