No ‘normalization of relations’ with the Taliban, says US Envoy

The US Special Representative for Women, Girls and Human Rights in Afghanistan, Rina Amiri, said on Tuesday that the US will not have a normal relationship with the Taliban until the group respects human rights.

Responding to recent discussions on the possibility of the Taliban government being recognised by the international community, Rina Amiri, said in a tweet that “I have received a number of messages expressing concern regarding recognition of the Taliban. We remain clear. There will be no normalization of relations with the Taliban without respect for the rights of all Afghans, especially women.”

Amiri, however, did not categorically reject the possibility of the Taliban being recognised, but only the normalization of relationship between the US and the Taliban.

It is unclear whether Rina Amiri’s statement reflects official US policy.

The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, recently drew widespread criticisms after suggesting the possibility of the Taliban being recognised.