Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada will push other G7 nations to consider imposing new sanctions on the Taliban when the group’s meeting is held virtually on Tuesday.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who currently leads the Group of Seven – which also includes the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Japan – called the meeting on Sunday to respond to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
Johnson plans to push for more economic sanctions and a halt to humanitarian aid if the Taliban commit human rights abuses and allow the country to be used as a haven for terrorists.
Trudeau told reporters on Monday that he would take part in the meeting and support Johnson’s plan to crack down on the Taliban.
“Certainly,” he said when asked if he favoured economic sanctions. “First of all, the Taliban are already recognized under Canadian law as a terrorist entity. When we have the G7 meeting soon, we will definitely discuss what we can do and what we should do.”
During his election tour in Halifax, Trudeau sidestepped questions about whether the US president was responsible for the chaos that followed the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Instead, Trudeau said, “The entire focus of the Canadian government right now is to get people out to safety as quickly as possible.” He also refused to say whether he would ask Biden to extend the August 31 deadline for withdrawing all US forces from the airport.