Although the European Union (EU) has suspended its aid to Afghanistan, it has set conditions for engaging with the Taliban.
Foreign ministers of the EU on Friday announced they have set five conditions for EU engagement with the Taliban.
EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrel, after the end of the two-day meeting of EU foreign ministers, told reporters that the Taliban has to stick by the conditions in order to have the EU’s engagement with Afghanistan.
The conditions of the EU:
• Afghanistan will not serve as a base for export of terrorism to other countries,
• Respect for human rights,
• Forming an inclusive government,
• Providing free access for humanitarian aid,
• Providing safe passage for foreign nationals and at-risk Afghans who want to leave the country.
The EU said that any future development and engagement with the Taliban depends on the Taliban’s behavior and the government that will be formed.
Borrel said that engagement “will increase depending on the behavior of this government.”
The Taliban, meanwhile, said they want to have good relations with all countries and want to have the support of the international community.
“The people of Afghanistan have suffered a lot. We expect the international community to support the people of Afghanistan and work with us for Afghanistan’s prosperity,” said Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission.
The Taliban said that Russia, China and Qatar will support them in gaining the support of the international community.
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