Blinken says Afghanistan could become a “pariah state” if the Taliban continue to abuse it

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed this Wednesday that Afghanistan could become a “pariah state” if the Taliban continue to crack down on the people in the areas they control, despite their advances in the Central Asian country.

“Ultimately, an Afghanistan that does not respect the rights of its people, an Afghanistan that commits atrocities against its own people, will become a pariah state,” he said during an official visit to India during which he met his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Blinken says Afghanistan could become a “pariah state” if the Taliban continue to abuse it
Blinken says Afghanistan could become a “pariah state” if the Taliban continue to abuse it

He has indicated that the insurgents want to achieve “international recognition”, which means that their leaders can travel “freely in the world” and that sanctions against the group are lifted, although he has stressed that “the country is by force and abuse is ingested “. the rights of his people is not the way to achieve these goals. “

For this reason, she has stressed the need to reach an agreement in the peace talks between the Afghan government and the insurgents and reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to efforts in this area, including assisting the Afghan security forces.

At a joint press conference with Jaishankar after their meeting in New Delhi, Blinken claimed that “there is no military solution to the conflict”, adding that the executive and the Taliban “must sit at the negotiating table” “.

The Taliban’s advances in border areas with Pakistan, Tajikistan and Iran have raised fears that they could exploit this position of power in the peace process, initiated by the peace agreement signed in February 2020, between the insurgents and the US.

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