According to two diplomatic sources, leaders of the advanced economies of the G7 are expected to pledge unity on whether or not to officially recognize or punish the Taliban when they meet virtually on Tuesday to discuss Afghanistan.
US allies continue to suffer from delays in Washington’s outreach after the fall of Kabul on August 15, and foreign diplomats in Washington said cooperation will be a key theme of the call.
“G7 leaders will agree on whether and when to recognize the Taliban,” said a European diplomat. “And they will be committed to continuing to work closely together.”
The lightning-fast takeover of the country by the Taliban this month, after US troops began to withdraw and President Ashraf Ghani fled, sent foreign governments on a rampage and sparked a panicked mass exodus from the country.
Leaders from the United States, Britain, Italy, France, Germany, Canada and Japan can use the possibility of unified official recognition or renewed sanctions to encourage the Taliban to keep promises to respect women’s rights and international relations.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will emphasize a united approach during G7 talks, which will also involve NATO Secretary General Jen Stoltenberg and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, said Karen Pierce, Britain’s envoy to the United States. States.
“We want to start developing a clear plan so that we can all deal with the new Afghan regime in a united and coordinated way,” Pierce told Reuters. “We will judge the new regime by deeds, not words.”
Recognition is a political act by sovereign states with important implications, including granting the Taliban access to the foreign aid that previous Afghan governments relied on. A 2020 agreement signed by the former Trump administration explicitly states that the group “is not recognized as a state by the United States”.
The recognition tool is “one of the most important remaining levers we have,” said Annie Pforzheimer, a retired US diplomat who served as deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Kabul from 2017 to 2018.
It would be “infinitely more powerful” if properly coordinated and ensure that the new government is inclusive and recognizes Afghanistan’s human rights obligations, she said.
G7 leaders will also discuss a possible extension of Biden’s August 31 deadline for US troop withdrawals, to give the United States and other countries more time to locate and evacuate Western citizens, Afghans who are NATO and US troops. troops and other vulnerable people, the sources said.
Britain and France are pushing for more time, but a Taliban official said foreign forces had not applied for an extension and would not be granted it if they did.
G7 leaders will also commit to coordinate any sanctions and resettlement of a wave of refugees, the sources said.
The G7 will take stock of current evacuation efforts and commit to closely coordinating further steps, including security, humanitarian aid and refugee resettlement, Pierce said.
“We want to work together to get across the very important point that we don’t want Afghanistan to become a breeding ground for terrorism. We don’t want it to fall into the pre-9/11 state,” she said.
Germany will urge G7 partners to provide additional funds for humanitarian aid, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday. “I believe that the G7 countries must take responsibility and find an answer to alleviate the acute humanitarian hardships already in the region and which will increase in the coming weeks.”
Biden told reporters on Sunday that the United States was already working with the Taliban to facilitate the evacuations, but that the Islamist group was “seeking legitimacy” in the longer term.
That meant it would “need additional aid in the areas of economic aid, trade and a whole host of things,” but the international response — including possible sanctions — would depend on their future actions.
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