The EU reiterated that there was no choice but to talk to the Taliban movement. At the same time, Qatar emphasized that Afghanistan cannot be isolated, and boycotting is not the solution to the problem.
Josep Borrell, the head of EU foreign policy, pointed out to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the 14th, “The Afghan crisis is not over. Before we have a chance to influence the course of events, apart from dialogue with the Taliban, we don’t No choice.”
He also added, “We agree with the EU foreign ministers that the extent and nature of this interaction will depend on the behavior of the new Taliban government.”
European Union foreign ministers set conditions for the restoration of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and relations with the Taliban and diplomatic relations, including respect for human rights, especially women’s rights.
Cannot isolate Afghanistan
Earlier on the 14th, Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed emphasized that Afghanistan cannot be isolated. He also believes that boycotting Afghanistan is not the solution to the problem.
Sheikh Mohamed emphasized at a joint press conference after the meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares in Doha, “Our position is that we cannot isolate or boycott Afghanistan just because the Taliban has taken over. The country.”
Sheikh Mohamed added that the only way to get Afghanistan out of the current situation is to hold a dialogue and call on everyone to have a dialogue with the Afghans.
Sheikh Mohammed called on the international community to work together to provide assistance to the Afghan people. He also emphasized the importance of guaranteeing freedom of movement in and out of Afghanistan in a meeting with the Spanish Foreign Minister.
In addition, Sheikh Mohammed also emphasized at a joint press conference held in Doha and French Foreign Minister Le Drian on the 13th that it is necessary to reach national reconciliation to achieve stability in Afghanistan.
Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, threatened to summon Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and other officials and asked them to testify about the “chaotic” U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Menendez added at the second Congressional meeting held in two days, “If the Pentagon is absent when the Pentagon is held accountable for the way the United States is responding to this crisis, then this accountability will be incomplete, especially in explaining When the Afghan government forces trained and funded by the United States collapsed.”
“I hope that the Secretary of Defense (Austin) can attend the hearing of the Foreign Relations Committee soon, and if he does not do so, then I may consider using the subpoena power of the Foreign Relations Committee to force him and those related to the past 20 years. Provided testimony.”
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken provided testimony in Congress on the same day to explain the “chaos” of the United States to end the longest war in its history, and the reason why the U.S. government decided not to extend the withdrawal period to evacuate more personnel from Afghanistan. Lincoln was severely criticized by lawmakers from both the Democratic and Republican parties.