The representatives of the European Union will be forced to hold a dialogue with the Taliban; however, it will not mean the recognition of their power in Afghanistan as Euronews reported citing EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
“The Taliban have won the war. So we will have to talk with them, in order to engage in a dialogue as soon as necessary to prevent a humanitarian and a potential migratory disaster but also a humanitarian crisis," he said.
The diplomat added that the cooperation with any future government of Afghanistan would be grounded by peaceful and comprehensive settlement and respect to main rights of all Afghan people, including women, youth, and people who belong to minorities, as well as the respect to international commitments of Afghanistan, commitment to the fight against corruption and prevention of the use of the territory of the country by the terrorist organizations.
Besides, Borrell expressed concern by numerous reports on the violations of human rights in the territory of Afghanistan and urged the EU countries not to refuse from the commitments on the support of the peaceful settlement of the difficult situation.
On August 15, the Taliban militants seized Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he had left the country to avoid bloodshed as the Taliban entered the capital Kabul.
As we reported, as of April 2021 (until the last active offensive of the Taliban militants), the war in Afghanistan claimed the lives of over 71,000 civilians.