A member of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government referred to the Taliban as “our brothers” during a briefing on Wednesday, sparking criticism.
The controversy began after a comment was made by Maryam Monsef, the women and gender equality minister, during a discussion on withdrawing from Afghanistan.
“I want to take this opportunity to speak to our brothers, the Taliban. We call on you to ensure the safe and secure passage of any individual in Afghanistan out of the country,” said the cabinet member.
Monsef is a practicing Muslim, according to The Post Millennial.
The minister also reportedly asked the Taliban to cease all “violence … genocide, femicide” and halt “the destruction of infrastructure including heritage buildings.”
It is currently unknown if the Taliban will honor her requests.
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