US State Department: The Taliban’s human rights abuses ‘key block’ to recognition

The US State Department’s Principal Deputy Spokesperson, Vedant Patel, said on Tuesday that the US had no plans to recognise the Taliban government.

Answering questions during a press briefing at the State Department, Vedant Patel said that the Taliban’s “continued human rights abuses, especially abuses towards women and girls…continues to be one of the key blocks to their [Taliban’s] own self-proclaimed desire for international recognition.”

On Tuesday, the US Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Rina Amiri, said that “There will be no normalization of relations with the Taliban without respect for the rights of all Afghans, especially women.”

Vedant Patel’s comments before US officials confirming the death of the Islamic State leader responsible for the deadly attack on Kabul airport during August 2021 evacuation.

Vedant Patel said that the “degradation of ISIS in the region continues to be a top priority for this administration and it’s something that we continue to work collectively on with our allies and partners and others in the region.”

According leaked Pentagon documents, Afghanistan has become a staging hub for the Islamic State’s global operations.