August 25, 2021
Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef has stirred up a hornet’s nest by referring to the murderous Taliban regime as “our brothers.”
Monsef made the comment as four cabinet ministers were updating the situation on the ground in Afghanistan where the Taliban have retaken to the country, days after the Americans announced they were pulling out.
Monsef appeared to be speaking from prepared notes.
“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,” she said.
““We call on you to immediately stop the violence. The genocide, the femicide, the destruction of infrastructure including heritage buildings.”
She was later asked by Tom Korski of Blacklock’s Reporter if she would like to withdraw her “jarring” remark. She declined to do so.
“The reference to brothers is a cultural reference of course but let me be very clear, we do not support the Taliban. We are horrified that the hard-won gains of the past 20 years are at stake,” Monsef said.
Maryam Monsef just referred to the Taliban as “our brothers” pic.twitter.com/KEL5UYa3HO
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“Monsef just sank the #LPC campaign for the next few days. And maybe to E Day,” tweeted veteran political analyst Warren Kinsella.