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Recognition Depends on Final Shape of Govt. in Afghanistan, Blinken

September 4, 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Friday that the US want to see how the new Taliban government develops and what laws it maintains before officially accepting it. Earlier on Friday, US media reported that Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is likely to lead the new Afghan government.

Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban co-founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai will take part Baradar, who is currently in control of the Taliban’s political office. When asked to respond on these reports during a news conference in Washington, Secretary Blinken said he would have seen various reports, but none of them indicated “what it looks like, who is in it, who is not.” As a result, I’m starting to rethink our comments and opinions on that.”

The top US diplomat also discussed what the Biden presidency intends from Afghanistan’s new leaders. “There is a widespread hope that any government that emanates now will be truly inclusive. It will include non-Talibans who are leaders of various communities and interests in Afghanistan. So, we’ll see what happens”. However, “as essential as what the government looks like is, what any government does is even more important.” And that is exactly what we have been looking at. We are seeking at the actions and statements of any new Afghan government”.

He expressed hope that the new Afghan government would follow through on the Taliban’s obligations to “free movement of people, not permitting any terrorists to use Afghan land, and on women and minorities.” Secretary Blinken is scheduled to visit Qatar and Germany this week, but his office has not confirmed whether he will meet with Taliban officials in Qatar.

The Taliban preserve a political office in Doha, Qatar, where Taliban and US officials have been holding peace negotiations for more than two years and reached a deal in February 2020. The agreement resulted in the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan, paving the way for the Taliban’s takeover of the country. After removing its staff from Kabul, the Biden government has established its diplomatic mission in Doha. In his opening statement at the press conference, Secretary Blinken stated that the new US team in Qatar was “now up and running.”

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