European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel at a press conference after the G7 leaders’ meeting on Afghanistan in Brussels, Belgium, August 24 | Photo: EFE / EPA / STEPHANIE LECOCQ / PISCINE
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday that recognition of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan was “not on the table” for the G7 and that there were no political negotiations with the insurgents, only “operational” talks necessary for the evacuations of Kabul.
“There are operational talks which are necessary for the day-to-day procedures around Kabul and the airport, but this is completely separate from political negotiations or any recognition issue,” the German politician said in a statement. press conference after attending the extraordinary G7 meeting on Afghanistan.
According to her, the G7 is “very clear” that it has “very strict conditions” to discuss with the Taliban and “is united on the issue of recognition which is not on the table”.
European Council President Charles Michel said “it is too early to decide what kind of relationship is desired with the new Afghan officials”, but admitted they will have to “deal” if the goal is to maintain “a positive influence for the Afghan people “and provide for their basic needs.
This agreement “will be subject to strict conditions on the actions and attitude of the new regime” with regard to “the maintenance of political, social and economic gains for Afghan citizens and their human rights, in particular for women, men and women. girls and minorities ”and the country’s international obligations in terms of“ security, counter-terrorism and drug trafficking ”.
In terms of security, the President of the Council of Europe added that cooperation between NATO and the other allies “will be essential”, in particular in the sharing of information to prevent the entry of foreign fighters.
The future development aid of the European Union country, which has so far frozen the budget of one billion euros that it plans to spend in Afghanistan between 2021 and 2027, is also subject to certain conditions, a said von der Leyen.
Aid will remain frozen until the EU has “strong assurances and credible actions that the conditions are met”. These conditions are linked to respect for fundamental values and human rights.
On the other hand, European humanitarian aid will continue to be provided to support “especially those at immediate risk”, mainly women and children, who represent 80% of the 3.7 million internally displaced persons in Afghanistan.
The European bloc on Monday announced its commitment to quadruple humanitarian aid this year, to around 200 million euros, to address urgent needs in Afghanistan and neighboring countries.