Afghanistan’s new Taliban government has warned U.S. and European envoys that continued attempts to pressure them into supporting human and women’s rights through sanctions will undermine their security and could trigger a wave of economic invaders, even bigger than 2015’s.
Breitbart Acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi told Western diplomats at talks in Doha that “weakening the Afghan government is not in the interest of anyone because its negative effects will directly affect the world in [the] security sector and economic migration from the country”, according to a statement published late Tuesday.
Washington and the EU have said they are ready to back humanitarian initiatives in Afghanistan, but are wary of providing direct support to the Taliban without guarantees it will respect human rights, in particular women’s rights. (Well, we know that’s never happening)
U.N. chief Antonio Guterres underscored discontent with the Taliban over its treatment of women despite vows it would not repeat its earlier hardline rule. “I am particularly alarmed to see promises made to Afghan women and girls by the Taliban being broken,” he told reporters Monday.