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Afghanistan crisis: Taliban's relationship with US, world will “depend on its actions,” says Blinken

CA, 10 Sep 2021
Afghanistan crisis: Taliban's relationship with US, world will “depend on its actions,” says Blinken
The relationship of the Taliban with the U.S. and the rest of the world "will depend on its actions," U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Tuesday.

In an interview with Afghan TV channel Tolo News, Blinken said the Taliban must adhere to what they have said after they took over the capital on Aug. 15, triggering the chaotic U.S.-led evacuation of 124,000 foreigners and at-risk Afghans.

“The Taliban has made a series of commitments publicly and privately, including, with regard to freedom of travel, with regard to combating terrorism and not allowing Afghanistan to be used as a launching point for terrorism directed at us or anyone else, including as well, upholding the basic rights of the Afghan people - to include women and girls and minorities, to have some inclusivity in government to avoid reprisals. And these are very important commitments. The international community has also set clear expectations of a Taliban-led government," Blinken said in an interview from Doha.

The Taliban's 1996-2001 rule was marked by violent punishments and a ban on schooling or work for women and girls, and many Afghans and foreign governments fear a return to such practices. The militants say they have changed, but have yet to spell out the rules they will enforce.

But the announcement of a new Afghan government on Tuesday was widely seen as a signal the Taliban were not looking to broaden their base and present a more tolerant face to the world, as they had earlier suggested they would do.

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