Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is in New York at the UN General Assembly session, argued that one should be realistic in relations with the Taliban. He called on the international community to immediately lift the sanctions from Afghanistan so that the money could be used to “promote normality” in the country. In his opinion, the Taliban should be motivated by providing them with financial aid for the reconstruction and development of the country.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Qureshi said Wednesday that we need to make demands of the Taliban rulers in Afghanistan, but also act in an “innovative” way. He stated that the model of the last decades “did not work”. He calculated that the Taliban should be forced to form an “inclusive government and respect human rights, especially for women and girls.”
Money to “promote normality”
The minister called on the International Monetary Fund, the US and other countries that have frozen Afghanistan’s foreign reserves to lift the sanctions immediately so that the money can be used to “promote normality in Afghanistan.”
– What the international community can do is establish an action plan. If the Taliban live up to expectations, other countries can help them stabilize the economy. This is help worth providing, for example, for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. I think that is how international engagement can be more productive – said Qureshi.
Still no women in government
He noted that Afghanistan’s interim government, the majority of which are Pashtuns, was completed on Tuesday. More representatives of other ethnic groups appeared there – Tajiks, Uzbeks and Hazar. The latter are Shi’ites, which is of special importance, as the Taliban are Sunnis. – It is true that there are still no women. But let’s allow the situation to develop, said the head of the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He indicated that the Taliban must make decisions in the coming weeks to make them “more acceptable”.
According to Qureshi, the Pakistani authorities have not recently registered any new refugees from Afghanistan. The AP agency points out that this is a delicate issue for Pakistan, whose economy has suffered in recent decades due to the influx of immigrants.
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