The State Department stated that any new government in Kabul must respect human rights, including women’s rights.
The United States calls on Afghanistan to establish an inclusive new government that respects human rights, including women’s rights, saying that the actions of the Taliban will determine whether Washington will recognize any new government in Kabul.
US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Monday that the United States and its international allies will “watch closely” after the Taliban takes over the country with a fierce offensive. Seize control of the capital on Sunday.
“The future Afghan government upholds the basic rights of the people, does not harbor terrorists, and protects the basic rights of the people, including the basic rights of half of the population-women and girls. A government that we can work with,” Price Said at the press conference.
“The reverse is also true-we will not support a government that does not do this.”
Price said that the international community has a “decisive consensus” on what kind of new government should be formed in Afghanistan, citing United Nations Security Council (United Nations Security Council) issued a statement on Monday calling for “Afghan-led and all Afghan national reconciliation processes.”
The statement said that the member states of the UN Security Council emphasized that “only through an inclusive, fair, lasting and realistic political solution that safeguards human rights including women, children and ethnic minorities can conflicts be ended”.
“The members of the Council call on all parties to abide by international norms and standards on human rights and end all abuses and violations in this regard.”
During the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban took over Kabul after quickly occupying major cities in Afghanistan. President Joe Biden promised to complete this process by the end of August.
President Ashraf Ghani fled the capital on Sunday, making the Taliban the de facto authority there, but the new government has not yet been officially announced.
Al Jazeera reporter Rosiland Jordan from Washington, DC said that it is worth pointing out that the US envoy to Afghanistan is working to reach a political settlement in Doha, the capital of Qatar.
“This is a very fast-changing situation, and it’s really hard to tell who is really in charge,” she said.
At the State Department briefing, Price stated that the United States will use its diplomatic and economic influence to ensure that the Kabul government respects human rights.
Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen has been guaranteeing the protection of the rights of Afghans and denying reports of abuse of women.
Price said Washington would like to see actions consistent with any commitments made by the organization.
“If the Taliban or any upcoming government seeks to maintain the level of international assistance needed to sustain the Afghan government over the past 20 years, then the words on the Security Council document from New York today will have meaning,” he said.
“Their actions must be consistent with some of the Taliban’s statements we have seen.”
Price also threatened to affect the government that violated human rights, especially women’s rights.
“If you talk about carrots, you can also talk about big sticks. The United States, the United Nations, and the international community are capable of making considerable cuts to any upcoming regime that does not recognize basic and fundamental rights. The Afghan people.”