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EU says it has no choice but to talk to Taliban

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell delivers a speech on the situation in Afghanistan during a plenary session at the European Parliament on September 14, 2021 in Strasbourg, France. (Julian Warnand/Pool via Reuters)

BRUSSELS: The European Union has no choice but to talk to Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers and Brussels will try to coordinate with member governments to organize a diplomatic presence in Kabul, the EU’s top diplomat said on Tuesday. .

“The Afghan crisis is not over,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told the European Parliament in Strasbourg. “To have any chance of influencing events, we have no choice but to engage with the Taliban.”

EU foreign ministers have set conditions for humanitarian aid and the resumption of diplomatic ties with the Taliban terrorist group, which took control of Afghanistan on 15 August, with respect for human rights, especially women’s rights. was also involved.

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“Maybe it’s a pure contradiction to talk about human rights, but that’s what we have to ask of them,” he said.

Borrell told EU lawmakers that the bloc should be prepared to allow Afghans to try to reach Europe if the Taliban allows people to leave, although he said he faced a high rise in migration flows in 2015 due to the Syrian civil war. The level was not expected.

The European Commission plans to receive funding from EU governments and pave the way for the resettlement of around 30,000 Afghans this year and beyond with a general budget of €300 million ($355 million).

by Robin Emmot

Reuters

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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