World powers agree on a common line towards the Taliban

Updated September 23, 2021, 7:06 am

  • The five permanent members of the UN Security Council have agreed on a line towards the Taliban.
  • They called on the Taliban to form a government that “represents all segments of the population”.
  • All five world powers wanted “a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

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The five permanent members of the UN Security Council have taken a common line towards the radical Islamic Taliban after taking power in Afghanistan agreed. They called on the Taliban to form a government that “represents all segments of the population”, as UN Secretary General António Guterres said on Wednesday. Accordingly, all five world powers wanted “a peaceful and stable Afghanistan in which humanitarian aid can be distributed without problems and without discrimination”.

They want “an Afghanistan in which the rights of women and girls are respected, an Afghanistan that is not a haven for terrorism,” said Guterres after the meeting of the foreign ministers of the USA, Great Britain, France, Russia and China on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

US representative describes meeting as “constructive”

A US official described the meeting called by British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss as “constructive” and with “many agreements”. The official said, “I don’t think anyone is happy with the composition of this interim government, including the Chinese.”

The unification of the five world powers is significant, as Moscow and Beijing abstained at the end of August when the Security Council passed a resolution on the expectations of the international community for the new regime in Kabul.

The Taliban had named an unrecognized interim government in mid-August

After taking power in Afghanistan in mid-August, the Taliban named the members of their internationally unrecognized transitional government. Among them, however, was neither a woman nor a member of the government responsible for women’s rights.

“The announcement of a non-inclusive government was a tactical mistake by the Taliban,” said Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) in a speech to the foreign ministers of the G20 states in New York on Wednesday. “This decision will make it more difficult for us to maintain contact with them,” he said. “It is important that you hear this message from all of us.” (afp / mgb)

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