Afghanistan: European Union threatens Taliban with “isolation” if they seize power by force

The EU, in a statement, called on the Islamist group to resume discussions “substantial “ with the Afghan government, while the Taliban have just taken Herat, the third largest city in the country.

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The European Union (EU) on Thursday (August 12) threatened the Taliban with a “isolation” international if they seized power “by force” in Afghanistan. The bloc called on the Islamist group to resume talks “substantial “ with Kabul and calls for an immediate end to the violence. The Taliban seized the country’s third city, Herat, on Thursday in a massive offensive.

“If they seize power by force and reestablish an Islamic emirate, the Taliban will not be recognized [diplomatiquement], they will suffer isolation, a lack of international support and the prospect of continued conflict and prolonged instability in Afghanistan. “, warned Josep Borrell, head of EU diplomacy, in a statement.

“These continued attacks cause unacceptable suffering for Afghan citizens, and only increase the number of internally displaced people and those fleeing Afghanistan in search of safety.”, he stressed. In this context, Brussels “encourage” the Afghan government to “resolve political disputes” to engage in dialogue with the Taliban “in a united perspective”.

EU “intends to continue its partnership and support for the Afghan people”, but its assistance will remain “conditional on a peaceful and inclusive settlement (of the conflict) and respect for the fundamental rights of all Afghans, including women, youth and minorities “, insists the statement of Josep Borrell.

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