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Taliban government ‘not inclusive and representative’: European Union

The EU's 27 nations have set out five conditions including the formation of an "inclusive and representative" transitional government for increasing their engagement with the Taliban.

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Brussels, First Published Sep 8, 2021, 6:23 PM IST
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The European Union (EU) spokesperson said on Wednesday that the 'caretaker' Taliban government in Afghanistan is not an inclusive one as projected and promised by the Taliban.

"Upon initial analysis of the names announced, it does not look like the inclusive and representative formation in terms of the rich ethnic and religious diversity of Afghanistan we hoped to see and that the Taliban were promising over the past weeks," news agency AFP quoted the EU spokesperson as saying.

The EU's 27 nations have set out five conditions including the formation of an "inclusive and representative" transitional government for increasing their engagement with the Taliban.

The spokesperson for the EU said that “such inclusivity and representation is expected in the composition of a future transitional government, and as result of negotiations,” AFP quoted.

Also read: Taliban bans women's sports in Afghanistan, including cricket

The Taliban on Tuesday announced a hardline caretaker government which has no women or non-Taliban members and includes key figures who are under United Nations sanctions or wanted by the United States on terrorism accusations. They also have a bounty of $72 million.

Foreign ministers from 20 nations led by the top diplomats from the US and Germany will hold talks on Wednesday that could deal with how to approach the new administration of Taliban.

The West has been scrambling to work out a way forward on Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in the wake of the US-led withdrawal of foreign troops from the country.

Meanwhile, China has said it is willing to maintain contact with the leaders of Afghanistan's new Taliban administration, describing its installation as an "essential step" in the country's rehabilitation.

Wang Wenbin, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said that China would recognise the new government, whose leaders were selected on Tuesday. The Taliban filled senior positions in Afghanistan's new government with members of its inner circle, including an ally of the Islamist Group's founder as premier and a wanted man on a US terrorist list as interior minister.

(With inputs from agency) 

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