G7 leaders plan to take unity pledge on Taliban sanctions: Sources

WASHINGTON: Leaders of the G-7’s advanced economies are expected to decide whether or not to officially recognize the Taliban when they meet on Tuesday to discuss Afghanistan, according to two diplomatic sources. A promise is made.

US allies are still smart about Washington’s delay since the fall of Kabul on August 15, and foreign diplomats in Washington said cooperation would be a major topic of the call.

A European diplomat said, “The leaders of the G-7 will agree to coordinate on when and when they will recognize the Taliban.” “And they will be committed to continuing to work together.”

The Taliban’s lightning-fast takeover of the country this month, after US troops withdrew and President Ashraf Ghani fled, scuffled foreign governments and sparked a mass exodus from the country.

The leaders of the United States, Britain, Italy, France, Germany, Canada and Japan used unified official recognition or the possibility of new sanctions to prompt the Taliban to adhere to commitments to respect women’s rights and international relations. can do.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will push for a unified approach during the G7 talks, which will also be attended by NATO Secretary-General Jane Stoltenberg and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, UK’s envoy to the United States Karen Pierce said.

“We want to begin the process of developing a clear plan so that we can all deal with the new Afghan regime in an integrated and integrated manner,” Pierce told Reuters. “We will not judge the new regime by words, but by actions.”

Recognition is a political act taken by sovereign states with significant consequences, including allowing the Taliban access to foreign aid relied upon by previous Afghan governments. A 2020 agreement signed by the former Trump administration explicitly states that the group is “not recognized by the United States as a state.”

The “tool of recognition” is one of the most important remaining pieces of leverage that we have, said Anne Pforzheimer, a retired US diplomat who served as deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Kabul from 2017 to 2018.

It will be “infinitely more powerful” if it is well coordinated and ensures the new government is inclusive and recognizes Afghanistan’s human rights commitments, she said.

G7 leaders will also discuss a possible extension of Biden’s August 31 deadline to withdraw US forces, the United States and other countries to support Western civilians, NATO and US forces, and Afghans assisting other vulnerable people. To give more time to trace and extract, the sources said.

Britain and France have been pressing for more time, but a Taliban official said foreign forces had not sought an extension and would not be granted if they did.

Sources said the G7 leaders would also commit to coordinating on any sanctions and resettlement of a wave of refugees.

Pierce said the G7 will take stock of the current evacuation efforts and is committed to closely coordinating further steps, including security, humanitarian aid and resettlement of refugees.

“We want to work together to make this important point that we do not want Afghanistan to be a breeding ground for terrorism. We do not want it to end up in its pre-9/11 position,” he said.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday that Germany would pressure G7 partners to provide additional funding for humanitarian aid. “I believe that the G7 countries must fulfill their responsibilities and find a response to reduce the already acute humanitarian hardship in this region and it will increase in the coming weeks.”

Biden told reporters on Sunday that the United States was already working with the Taliban to facilitate the evacuation, but that the Islamist group had been “seeking legitimacy” for a long time.

That means it will need “extra help in terms of economic aid, trade and a whole range of things”, but the international response – including potential sanctions – will depend on their actions going forward.

By Naveen Bharat Staff


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