US and EU worried, China willing to communicate. The powers involved in the Afghan Risk are reacting to the nascent Taliban government, made up of terrorists on the UN blacklist and wanted by security agencies around the world. Yesterday NATO held a virtual meeting of foreign ministers jointly hosted by the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, and his German colleague, Heiko Maas. «The Atlantic Alliance and the entire international community will not accept that Afghanistan once again becomes a refuge for terrorists. The Taliban must keep their commitments ”, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wrote on Twitter on the sidelines of the meeting, in which an attempt was made to define a series of conditions for cooperating with the new leaders. Including the freedom of movement for Afghans and foreign nationals who wish to leave the country, the protection of women’s rights and the commitment to protect humanitarian workers. The new executive certainly does not appear inclusive, and includes people with highly questionable pasts, Blinken said, adding that the US is “concerned” about some of its members. The owner of Foggy Bottom then underlined that any legitimacy and support for the Taliban government from the international community “must be deserved”: “we will judge by their actions”. Meanwhile, however, the Secretary of State explained that so far the Taliban are not allowing departures, and the US “will do everything in their power” to resume evacuation flights.
The European Union has also criticized the composition of the executive of the mullahs, stating that “it does not seem an inclusive and representative formation of the rich ethnic and religious diversity of Afghanistan, which the Taliban have promised in recent weeks”. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, reiterated that “the Taliban government will be judged on the basis of their actions and not on promises: we will pay particular attention to their actions”. “We must speak with those in power mainly to guarantee evacuation efforts, but also to prevent a humanitarian crisis – he continued – But this in no way implies the international political recognition of the Taliban”.
On the other hand, the United Nations is not unbalanced: the deputy spokesman of the UN Headquarters, Farhan Haq, said that “the UN does not engage in acts of recognition of governments, since it is a question that concerns the member states”. “From our point of view – he specified – only a negotiated and inclusive agreement will bring a sustainable peace in Afghanistan”. On the opposite side with respect to Westerners is the position of Beijing, which immediately stated that it was ready to build friendly relations. The Chinese embassy in Kabul «is still carrying out its functions normally. We are willing to maintain communications with the new government and new leaders, ”explained Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin. For US President Joe Biden, the Sure Dragon “will try to reach some agreement” with the mullahs. And the same, he added, will try to do Pakistan, Russia and Iran: “They are all trying to figure out what to do now.”
From Doha, meanwhile, Deputy Foreign Minister Lolwah al-Khater explained to the AFP that the Taliban have shown “a good dose of pragmatism” and must be judged for their actions as “de facto rulers” of Afghanistan. “We take the opportunities that arise – continued the Deputy Minister of the country at the center of diplomatic negotiations – and put aside our emotions”.