The US and India, in a joint statement asked the Islamic Emirate to uphold human rights, particularly those of women and girls in Afghanistan.
The US State Department in a joint statement of the Fifth Annual India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, said that the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar also emphasized unhindered access to deliver humanitarian assistance and recommitted to having consultations on Afghanistan.
“The Ministers urged the Taliban to respect the human rights of all Afghans, including women, children, and members of minority groups; and uphold freedom of travel. They also emphasized unhindered access to deliver humanitarian assistance and recommitted to having consultations on Afghanistan to help facilitate an inclusive and peaceful future for all Afghans,” the statement reads.
"To ensure that our country survives, we must inspire the young generation, particularly our younger brothers and sisters, to pursue higher education and elevate our nation from third world countries to the first world countries,” said Imal Rasa, a university lecturer.
"I think no one will be willing to recognize the Taliban in this way until the Taliban brings reforms inside the country to respect human rights and establish an inclusive government," said Wahid Faqiri, an international relations expert.
However, the Islamic Emirate said that all women’s rights have been ensured in accordance with the framework of Islamic Sharia in the country.
"No nation should interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan; here is the government, the law, and the values, and they must be respected. We try to address the areas where there are shortcomings,” Zabihullah Mujahid, the Islamic Emirate spokesman, told TOLOnews.
According to the joint statement, the ministers “called on the Taliban to adhere to their commitment to prevent any group or individual from using the territory of Afghanistan to threaten the security of any country; and noted UNSC Resolution 2593 (2021), which demands that Afghan territory not be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists, or to plan or finance terrorist attacks.”