December 2, 2021, 10:31 am
International Desk :
The European Union (EU) will only work with the Taliban if it respects the fundamental rights of all, including women, and does not allow terrorists to use Afghan soil.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell made the statement in a statement on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
EU foreign ministers are holding an emergency meeting in the wake of the rapid fall of the Afghan capital, Kabul, to the Taliban.
“We did not say that we were going to recognize the Taliban,” said Joseph Borel in a statement after the meeting. We must discuss all issues with them, even try to protect women and that is why we should contact them.
In their first official press conference since the occupation of Kabul, the Taliban said they wanted peaceful relations with other countries and would respect women’s rights under Islamic law.
Although there is no detailed explanation in their announcement, this time the tone is softer than during their rule 20 years ago.
Borel said the EU’s priority is to withdraw EU staff and Afghan aid workers from Kabul.
There are about 400 locals working with the EU, including relatives. Spain has offered to use its territory as a center to receive them. From there, they will be sent to other EU countries, Borel said.
He said humanitarian assistance to Afghans would continue, or even increase. However, assistance will be sent to the Afghan government only when the conditions are met.
He also called for a quick start to talks to avoid a possible immigration catastrophe and humanitarian crisis. “We need to start talks with the Kabul authorities … the Taliban have won the war, so we have to negotiate.”
The Taliban’s occupation of Kabul is the most important geopolitical event in recent times since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Borel said the incident would have an impact on the geopolitical balance of the world.
This means that the EU needs to work more closely with countries such as Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Russia and China.