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EU criticizes Afghan government formed by Taliban

Source : 112 Ukraine

Antony Blinken also expressed concern over the composition of the new government of Afghanistan
10:33, 9 September 2021

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The EU has sharply criticized the composition of the Afghani government formed by the far-right Taliban movement as DW reported.

The composition of the transition government does not reflect the ethnic and religious variety of Afghanistan, EU officials said. The Taliban has not presented yet the “inclusive and representative” government and did not fulfill promises on the involvement of maximally all levels of the population.

Deputy Chair of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič has urged the Taliban to respect the rights of women and fundamental freedoms.

“We follow closely the behavior of the new government of Afghanistan,” he underlined.

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It is noted that the foreign ministries of the EU countries laid down five conditions for the establishment of diplomatic relations. They include respect to the freedom of the press, other fundamental freedoms, as well as the promise not to turn Afghanistan into a refuge for terrorists.

Spokesperson for the external affairs of the EU Peter Stano reminded about the reports of mass media that raise concerns about the non-observation by the Taliban of the international commitments in the human rights sphere. He responded to the reports about the dispersal of the protests in Kabul with the participation of women. The militants shot in the air to disperse the crowd.

US State Secretary Antony Blinken has also expressed concern about the composition of the new government. He stated that the transition government consists only of the Taliban members and their allies; however, the Taliban promised to include the representatives of other groups in the government.

According to Blinken, some particular members of the cabinet raise concerns of the US. For example, Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani is considered being a terrorist by the US.

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Blinken has urged the Taliban to fulfill promises and allow the departure from the country for the Afghan people with proper documents. He reminded the charter planes in Mazar-i-Sharif city, which were supposed to evacuate Afghan citizens who need protection but were blocked by the Taliban. Blinken has urged the Taliban to provide the access to humanitarian access for people in need in Afghanistan.

Earlier, the Taliban announced that the shaping of temporary government in Afghanistan is over. Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the movement's founders will be leading the Cabinet.

 

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