Crisis in Afghanistan: US and its allies will not soon recognize the new Taliban regime

White House press secretary Jen Psaki ruled out the possibility of quick recognition of the extremist group as the government of Afghanistan

The White House on Friday ruled out any chance of swift recognition of a Taliban government by the United States or its allies.

“I want to be very clear: there is no rush for recognition of any kind from the United States or any international ally we have spoken to,” press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.

The United States is in close contact with the Taliban, who regained power on August 15, as it attempts to complete the risky operation to evacuate tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan at the end of a 20-year war.

Along the same lines, the head of European Union (EU) diplomacy, Josep Borrell, had said on August 17 that it is necessary to speak with the Taliban since they have won the war in Afghanistan, but he insisted that this does not mean let your regimen be recognized quickly.

The EU “will open a dialogue as soon as possible to prevent a humanitarian and potentially migratory disaster, ” Borrell explained after an urgent meeting of European Foreign Ministers due to the fall of Kabul to the Afghan rebels. . “It is not about official recognition, but about negotiating with them,” he insisted.

The Taliban want the US to have a presence in Kabul

The Taliban have asked the United States to maintain a diplomatic presence in Kabul following the withdrawal of its troops, but Washington has not yet decided on its plans, US officials said Friday.

The new hardline rulers in Afghanistan want countries to keep their embassies open once the evacuation mission ends on Aug. 31, officials said under anonymity.

After the Taliban came to power in mid-August, the remaining US diplomats at the embassy moved to the Kabul airport, secured by US troops.

But the US military is scheduled to leave Kabul on Tuesday, according to the schedule set by President Joe Biden. So if the president maintained a presence in Kabul, there would be no soldiers to protect diplomats.

Under these conditions, and with the United States far from recognizing a government led by the Taliban, the continuity of a Washington diplomatic presence in Kabul is a big question mark.

The matter is being debated within the government, said the US officials, who also stated that the safety of officials is the top priority and that a decision could be announced early next week.

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