The Italian FM urges foreign governments to prevent a financial collapse that would lead to a massive flow of migrants.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said the Taliban government in Afghanistan could not be recognized, but said Afghans should start receiving financial support that was frozen after the armed group took over. power last month.
He urged foreign governments to prevent a financial collapse there that would result in a massive flow of migrants.
“Recognition of the Taliban government is impossible because there are 17 terrorists among the ministers, and the human rights of women and girls are continually violated,” Di Maio told Rai 3 state television on Sunday.
“Obviously, we need to prevent Afghanistan from imploding and an uncontrolled migratory flow that could destabilize neighboring countries,” said Di Maio, who chaired a meeting of G20 foreign ministers in New York on last week.
“There are ways to secure financial support without giving money to the Taliban. We also agreed that part of humanitarian aid must always go to the protection of women and girls.
Italy holds the annual rotating presidency of the G20 and plans to host a special summit on Afghanistan.
The G20 countries, as well as Afghanistan’s neighbors, are committed to fighting terrorism and working for the protection of human rights, Di Maio added.
The US Treasury Department said on Friday it had issued two general licenses, one allowing the US government, NGOs and some international organizations, including the United Nations, to engage in transactions with the Taliban or the Haqqani network. – both under sanctions – which are necessary. to provide humanitarian aid.
The Taliban took control of the country last month as foreign forces allied with the United States withdrew from Afghanistan after a 20-year war. Events culminated in the capture of the capital, Kabul, on August 15, two decades after the Taliban were ousted from power by a US-led campaign following the September 11 attacks on the United States. .
The UN said that at the start of the year, more than 18 million people – about half of the Afghan population – needed assistance amid the country’s second drought in four years.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said last week that Afghanistan was “on the brink of a dramatic humanitarian catastrophe” and decided to engage with the Taliban in order to help the people of the country.