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No plans to reopen embassy in Kabul, says the US State Department

The US Department of State has announced that there is no plan to reopen the US embassy in Afghanistan, as the Taliban government has yet to achieve international legitimacy.

During a press briefing on Wednesday, the spokesperson of the US Department of State, Matthew Miller, emphasized that the international community expects the Taliban to take specific actions if they want any recognition on the global stage.

“As of now, the Taliban are a long way from reaching international legitimacy,” Miller stated.

In response to the Taliban’s forceful suppression of women’s protests in Kabul, Miller said that “We’ve noted the latest moves by the Taliban, which follow, unfortunately, in a long line of steps they have taken to discriminate against women and girls.”

He said that the US strongly objects to the Taliban measures, and others in the international community also take note when assessing their relationship with the Taliban.

Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, no country has formally recognized its government. To gain recognition, the Taliban needs to establish an inclusive government, combat terrorism, and respect the rights and freedoms of women, as these are key demands from the global community.