Taliban will have to earn legitimacy from the world
RAMSTEIN: US will not recognise the Taliban made government until they earn the legitimacy from the world.
“The Taliban seek international legitimacy. Any legitimacy — any support — will have to be earned,” Blinken told reporters at the US air base in Ramstein, Germany, after leading a 20-nation ministerial meeting on the Afghan crisis.
Standing alongside him, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the international community expected the Taliban to uphold human rights, including those of women, grant access to humanitarian aid and allow those wishing to leave the country to do so.
Maas said he believed Wednesday’s talks were “the starting point for international coordination” on how to deal with the Taliban.
Among the countries that participated in the virtual meeting were European allies and historic Taliban backer Pakistan.
Blinken and Maas both criticised the caretaker government announced in Afghanistan on Tuesday, which has no women or non-Taliban members and includes an interior minister the United States wants to arrest on terrorism accusations.
Blinken said the caretaker cabinet would be judged “by its actions”, while his German counterpart added he was “not optimistic”.
US officials have stressed that any official recognition of a Taliban government is far off.
Blinken’s stop in Ramstein was his second base visit in as many days, after he visited Qatar on Tuesday.
Thanks were offered thanks to US civilian and military officials behind one of history’s largest airlifts after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban.
At the entrance to a vast hangar where some of the 11,000 Afghans at Ramstein are awaiting flights to the United States, Blinken crouched down and showed photos on his telephone of his own children to the four-year-old son of Mustafa Mohammadi, an Afghan military veteran turned refugee who worked with the US embassy.
The stepson of a Holocaust survivor and longtime advocate for refugees, Blinken also toured a makeshift home for some of the children who have lost their parents.
“Many, many, many Americans are really looking forward to welcoming you and having you come to the United States,” he said.
Hanging on the walls were artwork by children, including a picture of a girl on a cliff beneath a deep-blue sky with a broken heart and a message in English, “Say to my Mom I miss you.”
The United States and its allies evacuated some 123,000 people, mostly Afghans who fear Taliban retribution, in the final days of the 20-year US war that President Joe Biden ended last month.
But US officials acknowledge that many more remain and say that the Taliban have agreed to let them leave.
Blinken vowed to press the Taliban to allow charter flights out of Afghanistan after criticism the US administration was not doing enough to help those still stranded.
“We are working to do everything in our power to support those flights and to get them off the ground,” Blinken said.