Blinken says Taliban legitimacy will have to be 'earned'

Published September 9, 2021, 6:18 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

RAMSTEIN, Germany — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday the Taliban will have to earn legitimacy from the world after naming a government with figures wanted by US law enforcement.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Olivier DOULIERY / POOL / AFP

“The Taliban seek international legitimacy. Any legitimacy — any support — will have to be earned,” Blinken told reporters in Germany after leading a 20-nation ministerial meeting on the Afghan crisis.

The formation of an interim government that did not include any groups besides the Taliban was “not the signal for more international cooperation and stability in the country,” assessed German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

“We hope that in the further formation of a government, which has not been completed, the necessary signals for this will be sent,” he added.

 
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