Blinken: Taliban Must Uphold Commitments To International Community

( Despite not having a presence in Afghanistan anymore, the United States is still expecting the Taliban to live up to commitments it made to the international community.
On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made those remarks as a way to send a sign to the Taliban. He said those commitments included counterterrorism efforts, ensuring a freedom of travel, respecting the rights of both minorities and women, and not engaging in reprisals.
In a briefing he held with reporters on Friday, Blinken said:
“We’re looking at what actions, what policies, any new Afghan government pursues, that’s what matters the most.”
The expectations of the Biden administration is that any government led by the Taliban must show “real inclusivity,” with representation from outside insurgent groups. Blinked continued:
“There is an expectation that any government that emerges now will have some real inclusivity and that it was have non-Talibs in it, who are representative of different communities and different interests in Afghanistan, so we’ll see what in face emerges.”
The Washington Post recently reported that the Taliban is expected to announce a new government formation in the near future. Last month, the Taliban overtook Afghanistan when it forced the former government out of the country’s capital, Kabul.
That happened as the United States was finalizing its full withdrawal from the country.
In his comments, Blinken said the main priorities of the international community and of the Biden administration is that the Taliban follows through on all the commitments they made. He said:
“Ultimately, the expectation is to see a government that makes good on commitments that the Taliban have made.”
As of yet, the United States hasn’t recognized the Taliban as Afghanistan’s legitimate government. At the same time, Biden administration officials have been in contact with representatives of the Taliban in Kabul as well as Doha, Qatar.
While all this is going on, the U.S. is still working to try to evacuate all Americans and American allies from the now Taliban-led Afghanistan. While the government was able to evacuate more than 124,000 people, there are still many Afghan allies who remain there.
Those people would qualify to enter the U.S. under a Special Immigrant Visa since they worked for the U.S. military during the 20-year war.
As Blinken explained:
“Helping these Afghans is more than a priority for us. It is a deeply held commitment, and it’s an ongoing one. We’re going to do everything we can to keep it, in the days, weeks and months ahead.
There are still more than 100 American citizens who are stranded in Afghanistan and who have asked the government for help leaving the country.
The State Department is in contact constantly with the Americans who have requested the help. Each person was assigned a case management team to help them through this process, Blinken said.
The U.S. is also working with partners in the international community to reopen the main airport in Kabul.