© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Taliban forces patrol close to the doorway gate of Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport, a day after U.S troops withdrawal, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union might want to have interaction with the Taliban nevertheless it won’t rush into formally recognising the Islamist militant group as the brand new rulers of Afghanistan, a senior European Union official stated on Wednesday.

Gunnar Wiegand, the European Fee’s managing director for Asia and the Pacific, stated official relations would solely come about if the Taliban satisfies a sequence of situations, together with respect for human rights and unfettered entry for assist staff.

“There isn’t a doubt amongst (EU) member states and within the G7 context: we have to have interaction with the Taliban, we have to talk with the Taliban, we have to affect the Taliban, we have to make use of the leverages which now we have,” he stated.

“However we won’t rush into recognising this new formation, nor into establishing official relations,” he instructed members of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Wiegand stated it’s unclear whether or not the Taliban will be capable to govern successfully, however for the EU a key situation for official relations would be the institution of an inclusive and consultant transitional authorities.

The Taliban has but to call a brand new administration or reveal how they intend to control, two weeks after they seized management of the capital, Kabul.

Wiegand stated different situations for recognising the Taliban might be permitting free passage to Afghans wishing to depart the nation, refraining from retaliation in opposition to these affiliated to international powers or the previous authorities, and stopping Afghanistan from changing into a haven for terrorists.

An evaluation of what went incorrect with the West’s 20-year engagement with Afghanistan is required, he stated, referring to the chaotic evacuation of civilians and international forces from Kabul after the Taliban’s sweep into the capital.

“We’ve got to make an evaluation of the explanation why such a meltdown was attainable,” Wiegand stated. “We’ve got to study classes for related conditions, and this might be an evaluation which is beginning now.”

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