White House urges Taliban to fulfill commitments


KABUL – The White House has emphasized the importance of the Taliban meeting its commitments to gain international legitimacy. This statement comes just days after a Taliban-appointed Afghan minister asserted that ‘men and women are not equal’ based on Sharia law.

John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council in the White House, addressed reporters during a news conference, highlighting the need for the Taliban to fulfill its commitments. He stated, “We’ve not recognized them as a governing power in Afghanistan. They want that. They want legitimacy. Then they need to meet their commitments.” Kirby also questioned the effectiveness of governance and the economy in a system that excludes half of the workforce—women.

On October 1, the acting education minister appointed by the Taliban, Neda Mohammad Nadim, made controversial statements regarding gender equality and Sharia law. Nadim’s remarks raised concerns about the dismantling of the current education system in the name of addressing women’s issues. He emphasized the importance of adhering to Sharia principles in the educational system.

Nadim’s statement included, “The Almighty Allah has distinguished between men and women. A male is the ruler, he has the authority, he must be obeyed, and the woman must accept his world. A woman is not equal to a man; however, they (Western nations) have placed her above a man.”

Since the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021, restrictions on women’s education and employment have been imposed. Several countries, including the United States and India, have not recognized the Taliban regime and continue to advocate for an inclusive government in Kabul.

When asked about the United States’ stance on recognizing the Taliban, Kirby clarified that it does not mean the U.S. won’t engage in conversations with the Taliban. He emphasized ongoing efforts to evacuate allies and partners from Afghanistan and the importance of honoring commitments to those who supported the U.S. over the past two decades. Additionally, he noted that shared counterterrorism threats continue to exist, and the Taliban has been combating ISIS-K within their territory.

The White House’s call for the Taliban to fulfill its commitments underscores the complex and evolving situation in Afghanistan, with international recognition contingent on the group’s actions.

culled from Afghanistan Times

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