EU countries on Friday set their conditions for increasing contacts with the Taliban, agreeing to establish a joint Kabul “presence” to assist in the departure if security allows.
“This operational engagement will depend on the attitude of this government.”
He set the benchmark for the new authorities to meet. Taliban Ready to announce new government after taking power.
These include not serving Afghanistan as a base for terrorism, respecting the rights of women and the media, establishing a “comprehensive and representative” government, and allowing access to aid.
In addition, he said the Taliban must live up to its promise to allow foreign nationals and Afghans to be “at risk” once the US-led withdrawal ends in late August.
Borrell said EU countries agreed to establish a joint presence in Kabul – the bloc was unable to leave the country to deal with the Taliban and ensure the departure of Afghans if security allowed.
EU diplomats have left Afghanistan for neighboring countries or returned home.
On humanitarian aid, Borrell said the European Union wanted to increase its assistance to the Afghan people but would decide according to what authorities provided.
The European Union is working to improve coordination with Afghanistan’s neighbors as it seeks to stem the tide of migration from the country to Europe.
Borrell said the bloc would seek to establish a “regional political platform” with countries around Afghanistan aimed at stabilizing the situation.