World Blinken warns Afghanistan could become 'pariah state' if peace not made with Taliban
Australia considering future return to Afghanistan to monitor Taliban resurgence
The ABC has been told the government is considering reestablishing a presence in Afghanistan to monitor the resurgence of the Taliban. The last Australian diplomats, military and intelligence officers quietly left the war-torn country on June 18 despite serious doubts about the strategic wisdom of the retreat.But the ABC has been told Foreign Minister Marise Payne, who is known to have been very reluctant about leaving Afghanistan, remains inclined to stage a careful return in the next few months.
Secretary of Statewarned Wednesday that would become a "pariah state" if a peace deal is not reached between the government and the Taliban.
"An Afghanistan that does not respect the rights of its people, an Afghanistan that commits atrocities against its own people would become a pariah state," Blinken told reporters.
The secretary of state’s comments came after he visited top Indian diplomat, External Affairs Commissioner Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who committed to working towards peace in Afghanistan through diplomatic measures.
Taliban Wants Afghan President Removed, New Government Where Women Have More Rights
Although the Taliban said they would not monopolize power in the region, they insist that a peace deal will not be reached until a new government is negotiated. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen, who is also a member of the group's negotiating team, is promising that under the new government, women will be allowed to work, go to school and participate in politics—rights that were denied when the Taliban enforced a harsh version of Islam last time the group ruled the country.
In recent weeks, the Taliban has made major advances following the withdrawal of U.S. troops and has gained control of roughly half of Afghanistan's 421 districts.
Surrounding nations have voiced concern about increased terrorist activity that could spill over into neighboring countries.
Jaishankar called the security implications an "inevitable" side effect of the conclusion of a 20-year long war and withdrawal of U.S. security forces.
"What is done is done," he said calling for diplomatic solutions over increased military action. "It is a policy taken, and I think in diplomacy you deal with what you have."
Blinken's meeting with his Indian counterpart coincided with a meeting between a Taliban delegation and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Wednesday,reported.
The Taliban explained
The Afghan armed group has emerged as a strong player as US forces pull out of Afghanistan after 20 years.The armed group was removed from power in a US-led invasion in 2001 following the September 11 attacks on US soil, but it gradually regained strength, carrying out numerous attacks on foreign as well as Afghan forces in the past 20 years.
Wang said the Taliban are expected to "play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan."
Blinkenthe meeting a "positive thing" and said Beijing’s efforts could help find a peaceful resolution and establish "some kind of [Afghan] government…that's truly representative and inclusive."
The secretary of state – who continued on to Kuwait to secure safe passage for former translators fleeing the Taliban-ridden nation – said U.S.-Indian ties were a "top foreign policy" priority for the Biden administration.
"There are few relationships in the world that are more vital than the one between the United States and India," Blinken told reporters. "We believe this partnership will be critical for delivering stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond, and for showing the world how democracies can deliver for their people."
War in Afghanistan enters ‘deadlier’ phase, UN envoy warns .
Deborah Lyons pleads with UN Security Council to prevent Afghanistan from descending into a ‘catastrophe’.“A party that was genuinely committed to a negotiated settlement would not risk so many civilian casualties, because it would understand that the process of reconciliation will be more challenging, the more blood is shed,” Deborah Lyons told the 15-member council via video-link from Kabul on Friday.