The foreign ministry says any new government in Kabul must respect human rights, including women’s rights.
The United States has called for an inclusive new government in Afghanistan that respects human rights, including women’s rights, and says the Taliban’s behavior will determine whether Washington recognizes a new government in Kabul.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday that the US and its international allies would “keep a close watch” after the Taliban took over the country in a blistering offensive. take control of the capital on Sunday.
“A future Afghan government that upholds the basic rights of its people, that does not harbor terrorists, and that protects the basic rights of its people, including the basic, fundamental rights of half the population – its women and girls – that is a government that we could work together,” Price said at a press conference.
“The reverse is also true: we are not going to support a government that doesn’t.”
Price said there is a “decisive consensus” in the international community on the kind of new government to be formed in Afghanistan, citing a UN Security Council (UNSC) statement on Monday calling for an “Afghan-owned Afghan-led process of national reconciliation”.
UN Security Council member states stressed that an end to the conflict “can only be achieved through an inclusive, just, sustainable and realistic political settlement that respects human rights, including for women, children and minorities,” the statement said.
“Security Council members called on parties to adhere to international human rights norms and standards and to end all abuses and violations in this area.”
The Taliban took over Kabul after capturing key cities across Afghanistan in a rapid offensive amid the withdrawal of US troops from the country – a process US President Joe Biden had promised would be completed by the end of August.
President Ashraf Ghani fled the capital on Sunday, making the Taliban the de facto authority on the ground, but there has been no formal announcement of a new government.
Reporting from Washington, DC, Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan said it was worth pointing out that the US special envoy to Afghanistan was working in the Qatari capital Doha to reach a political settlement.
“This is a situation that is changing very quickly and it’s really hard to say overnight who’s in charge,” she said.
During the State Department briefing, Price said the US would use its diplomatic and economic clout to ensure the government in Kabul respects human rights.
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has given guarantees to protect Afghans’ rights and denies reports of abuse of women.
Price said Washington wants to see action consistent with the group’s promises.
“If the Taliban or any emerging government wants to get the level of international aid it has needed to support the Afghan government over the past 20 years, the words on the paper coming out of New York today from the Security Council will have meant something,” he said.
“Their actions will have to match some of the words we’ve seen uttered by the Taliban.”
Price also threatened repercussions against a government that violates human rights, especially women’s rights.
“When you talk about carrots, you can talk about sticks, and the United States, the UN, the international community have the ability to impose quite dramatic austerity measures on any regime that would take shape that violates basic and fundamental rights. does not recognize the people of Afghanistan.”