Ground Report | New Delhi: US in no hurry to recognize Taliban; The White House said on Wednesday that the US is in no hurry to recognize the new interim government in Afghanistan. The US is in talks with the Taliban to expel American citizens from Afghanistan.
US in no hurry to recognize Taliban
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a press conference, “In this administration, neither the president nor anyone else on the national security team, no one believes that the Taliban are respected and valued members of the global community. They have not achieved this status and we have never assessed it. This is a caretaker cabinet consisting of four former Taliban prisoners and fighters.” He said that the administration has not recognized it.
Jen Psaki said, “We haven’t said we’re going to recognize it and we’re in no rush to do that. They need to do a lot before this. We are currently in talks with US citizens to evacuate them because they currently have control over Afghanistan.”
She said, “His caretaker Home Minister is a terrorist of the Haqqani network. He is wanted in connection with the murder of six people, including a US citizen. He is believed to have been involved in cross-border attacks against American soldiers. He has a bounty of 10 million US dollars on his head. Why are we talking to them?”
She said the international community is watching. Jen Psaki insisted, “America is watching. Whether they allow people to leave Afghanistan or not, they treat women according to their claim or not and how they behave and work. That’s why we are not moving towards giving recognition.”
What did the US Secretary of State say
At the same time, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also gave similar indications with his statement on Wednesday. He added that the new Afghan government “certainly has not lived up to the test of representation for all and includes people who have a very dangerous track record.”
He said the Taliban would have to gain legitimacy and international support on their own. America’s talks with the Taliban will only be for the purpose of furthering the national interests of us and our allies in a lawful manner.
Antony Blinken said these things during a virtual meeting with officials of 22 countries including NATO, European countries and the United Nations. The Taliban have announced the formation of their interim government in Afghanistan. Sirajuddin Haqqani, the head of the Haqqani group, has been made the Home Minister in this government, whom the FBI is looking for.