Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said today that Canada has no plans to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.
Taliban militants have taken control of Afghanistan after a rapid military advance over the past several weeks, and efforts are underway to evacuate thousands of people trying to flee the country.
“They have taken over and replaced the duly elected, democratic government by force,” Trudeau said, noting the Taliban is a recognized terrorist entity under Canadian law.
WATCH: Justin Trudeau says government has ‘no plans’ to recognize Taliban
Trudeau’s statement at a campaign event today came one day after Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau said the federal government would take a “wait and see” approach to recognition.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said Monday that a Conservative government would not recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.
More to come …