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Washington: Our position vis-à-vis Afghanistan depends on “Taliban behavior”


AA / New York

Washington’s position on the next governments in Afghanistan depends on “the behavior of the Taliban,” the US State Department said.

“In Afghanistan, if the government does not respect human rights and harbors terrorists, we will not cooperate with it,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

Price said the US Embassy in Kabul has been moved to Hamid Karzai Airport.

He underlined that Washington is in coordination with its international partners, and that the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken had telephone contacts with his counterparts, of which in figurehead, Turkey.

In response to a question about the position of the United States vis-à-vis Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who has left his country, Price indicated that Afghanistan has not witnessed a traditional transfer of power and that Washington would act in parallel with the international community to recognize the Afghan President at the head of his country.

He stressed that Washington is continuing its contacts with representatives of the Taliban in Doha, and that the US military is communicating with the movement on the ground in Afghanistan.

The US official also assured that the United States will continue its diplomatic representation in Afghanistan, as long as the Hamid Karzai International Airport is secured, in order to be able to evacuate large numbers of Afghans who have assisted the United States throughout. the previous period.

After the capture of several strategic provincial capitals in recent days and forcing government forces to surrender or flee, the Taliban arrived at the gates of the capital, Kabul, last Sunday and took control of most of the country.

After the departure of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his close associates, former President Hamid Karzai, seasoned politician Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and chief peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah formed a council with the aim of ensure a smooth transition of power.

The United States, through a military force of approximately 3,000 troops at the Kabul airport, is working to complete the transfer of American and Afghan nationals who have cooperated with Washington.

* Translated from Arabic by Wejden Jlassi

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