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White House says ‘no rush’ to recognize newly announced Taliban government in Afghanistan

The White House on Tuesday stated there may be “no rush” to recognize the Taliban because the official government of Afghanistan, saying that recognition from the U.S. shall be “dependent” on their actions, because the group announced the formation of its new government. 

Press secretary Jen Psaki, throughout a gaggle to reporters aboard Air Force One Tuesday, was requested about when the Biden administration to recognize the Taliban. 

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“There’s no rush to recognition, and that will be planned dependent on what steps the Taliban takes,” Psaki stated. “The world will be watching whether they allow for American citizens, whether they allow individuals to leave who want to, and how they treat women and girls around the country.” 

She added: “I don’t have a timeline for you.” 

Psaki’s feedback come after President Biden, on Monday, stated recognition of the Taliban government was “a long way off.” 

“That’s a long way off,” he stated once more. 

A Taliban spokesperson on Monday stated that positions throughout the government are actually in an “acting capacity,” however stated that many members of the outdated guard are a part of the brand new government. 

The government, in accordance to a report by the BBC, shall be led by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, with Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar as deputy. Other appointments embrace Mullah Yaqoob as appearing protection minister and Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi as a second deputy. 

Sarajuddin Haqqani, the brand new appearing inside minister, is the pinnacle of the militant group generally known as Haqqani Network. 

Not one lady was named as a part of its new government, regardless of calls for for “inclusivity.” 

As for individuals who are in search of to depart Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesperson stated people haven’t been ready to depart if they don’t have correct documentation, however stated that the creation of the brand new government would assist to higher facilitate departures. 

“Regarding the flights, they have to obey our law,” Zabijullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, stated. “They have to have proper documents and if they don’t have documents, we will not allow them to go.” 

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He defined that people “have to have passports, have to have visas, and we have to have an exit stamp on their passports–from now, we’ve had nothing.” 

“Tomorrow, on, we will definitely restart the work of departments and then people will be able to travel abroad,” he stated. “So, the next few days, people will be able to travel abroad.” 

The Biden administration, final week, eliminated all U.S. troops and army belongings from Afghanistan, after having a presence in the area for 20 years. The U.S. army engaged in a historic evacuation mission, shifting greater than 124,000 people – together with American residents and Afghan allies – to security. 

When U.S. troops have been formally withdrawn from Afghanistan on Aug. 31, the Biden administration stated its mission had transitioned from a army mission, to a diplomatic one, as a whole lot of Americans nonetheless remained in Afghanistan. 

Psaki, on Tuesday, stated that, at this level, there are “just under” 100 Americans left in Afghanistan. The State Department, on Monday, touted the secure evacuation of 4 American residents from the nation.

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“We’re in touch with American citizens and are working to get them out,” Psaki stated, including that Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Qatar “working on a range of options,” together with getting flights up and operational. 

Meanwhile, the State Department on Monday stated that the U.S. is working “quickly and with precision” to guarantee U.S. residents and “at-risk Afghan civilians” are ready to attain their final locations “safely and efficiently.”

The State Department added that “dedicated intelligence, law enforcement, and counterterrorism professionals from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Counterterrorism Center, and additional Intelligence Community partners, are working around the clock to expedite the processing and vetting of Afghans before they are allowed into the United States. This includes reviews of both biographic and biometric data.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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