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US State Department: No plans to resume diplomatic activity in Kabul

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Fidel Rahmati
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Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The U.S. Department of State has stated that it has no short-term plans to resume any diplomatic activities in Afghanistan. Vedant Patel, the Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, addressed this issue on Monday, February 5th, during a press briefing in response to reporters’ questions. He emphasized that the U.S. Department of State’s position is clear: there are no short-term plans to reinstate any diplomatic activities in Kabul.

The Deputy Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State also reiterated that the United States is engaged in dialogue with the Taliban government and many Afghans both inside and outside the country. He emphasized that human rights, women’s and girls’ education are at the forefront of the U.S. interaction with Afghanistan, and they will continue to pressure the interim government, in collaboration with partners such as the United Nations, to repeal discriminatory measures against women.

The U.S. Department of State spokesperson reminded that normalizing relations with the Taliban is contingent upon respecting the rights of all Afghan citizens. This comes in the wake of a recent report from the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which mentioned the U.S. Department of State’s new strategy towards Afghanistan, acknowledging the need for “constructive engagement” with the Taliban to achieve U.S. objectives.

SIGAR also claimed in its report that the U.S. Department of State will work on potential planning, resource allocation, and identifying facilities for the possible return of consular services to Kabul. It should be noted that so far, no country has officially recognized the interim government of Afghanistan, although many countries worldwide, especially neighbouring countries, have entered into diplomatic relations with Afghanistan.

The global community recognizes the interim government under certain conditions, including respect for human rights, especially the rights and freedoms of women.

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