Germany: No recognition unless the Taliban respects women’s rights and forms an inclusive government

The German embassy in Afghanistan said in a tweet on Thursday that the Taliban will not be recognized unless the group respects women’s rights, forms an inclusive government, and stops hindering the distribution of humanitarian aid.

“Special Envoys meeting in Doha under the auspices of UNSG Guterres, 1/2 May: The International Community stands united in its stance towards the DFA.” German Embassy in Afghanistan tweeted. “No recognition unless the DFA moves on women‘s rights, inclusive government, unhindered humanitarian access, and other issues,” the embassy added.

The Doha meeting was held in Qatar on Monday and Tuesday behind closed doors and it was hosted by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and the participation of special envoys from over 20 countries and international institutions.

Addressing a press conference after the meeting, the UN Chief said that “to achieve our objective, we cannot disengage with the Taliban” suggesting “it is difficult to overestimate the gravity of the situation” in the country.

The UN chief said that the meeting was “about developing a common international approach, not about recognition of the de facto Taliban authorities.”