Tomas Niklasson, the Special Envoy of the European Union (EU) for Afghanistan, stated at the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Relations meeting that the regional countries advocate and call for the establishment of an inclusive government in Afghanistan and the observance of human rights.
The EU Envoy for Afghanistan delivered a comprehensive speech on the situation of Afghanistan in the European Parliament’s meeting in the Belgian capital, Brussels, held on Tuesday, October 25.
The formation of an inclusive and representative administration in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover has been demanded in the unilateral statements of regional countries and in other meetings of the regional groupings.
“The call for an inclusive government in Afghanistan is again a feature in principle that regional countries support, and again we see this referred to in various declarations and statements. Iran and Tajikistan are probably the most outspoken among the immediate neighbors underlying the importance of ethnic and religious communities such as Tajiks, Hazaras, and Shias,” Niklasson said.
Other countries and international organizations have already criticized the caretaker administration of the Taliban, saying it is inadequately comprehensive. They have emphasized the imperative of taking inclusivity into account in governance and claimed that this is the recipe for Afghanistan’s long-term stability.
The Taliban have claimed time and time again that all ethnic groups and minority representatives have a stake in their caretaker government, which the group sees as inclusive.
This comes as none of the countries in the region recognize the Taliban as a legitimate government, however, each of them appears to have formed some form of interaction with the Taliban.