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Unclear if world will recognise Taliban government

The Taliban got a somewhat warmer reception in China and Russia, both countries that the group’s leaders travelled to last month for diplomatic meetings
Russia will decide whether to recognise the Taliban government based on its behaviour in the coming days.
Russia will decide whether to recognise the Taliban government based on its behaviour in the coming days.
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New York Times News Service   |   New York   |   Published 17.08.21, 12:56 AM

As the world reacts with a combination of shock, sadness and worry to the rapid collapse of Afghanistan’s government, it remains unclear which global powers might recognise a government led by the Taliban.

Almost five dozen countries, in a joint statement, called on all parties in Afghanistan to allow “the safe and orderly departure of foreign nationals and Afghans who wish to leave the country”.

“Those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan bear responsibility — and accountability — for the protection of human life and property,” the statement said, “and for the immediate restoration of security and civil order.”

The Taliban got a somewhat warmer reception in China and Russia, both countries that the group’s leaders travelled to last month for diplomatic meetings. The foreign ministry in China, which shares a short border with Afghanistan, said Beijing hoped the Taliban would ensure a smooth transition of power and help the Afghan people avoid the chaos of war.

Russia will decide whether to recognise the Taliban government based on its behaviour in the coming days and weeks, Reuters reported, citing a radio interview on Monday by Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s special envoy to Afghanistan.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday that no country should recognise a Taliban government without consulting others.



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