“Our message is that Afghanistan should never be used to launch terrorist attacks against the West,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News. said.
Raab said that they want to do everything they can with the help of all diplomatic and economic sanctions measures, and that they should even try to moderate the Taliban and create some kind of positive impact on the new regime.
Raab stated that talks with the political commission of the Doha-based Taliban are still ongoing so that the new transitional government does not consist of only the Taliban, and that the Taliban cannot be trusted, but their promises must be tested.
Raab said he would not oppose the view that the Taliban is “a bandit group”. “But now they are in power and now we have to deal with this reality.” he said.
In a statement to the BBC, the British Minister, when asked whether he would meet with the Taliban, said: “No, not in the foreseeable future, but we have always had some kind of dialogue.” said.
The process of Taliban domination of the country
Within the framework of the peace agreement reached between the USA and the Taliban in February 2020, the process of withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan began this year.
While the agreement stipulated not to attack foreign forces, it did not make provision for the actions of the Taliban against Afghan security forces.
Continuing the negotiations with the Afghan government in Doha, the Taliban have simultaneously dominated many districts and provincial centers in Afghanistan with violent attacks since June.
Besieging the capital Kabul, the Taliban took control of the city without conflict after President Ashraf Ghani left the country on 15 August.