Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said that the bloc will negotiate with the Taliban, but under strict conditions.
Borrell added in statements, that this does not mean recognition of the new government that will be formed by the Taliban.
He added during a press conference: “In order to support the Afghan people, we will have to dialogue with the new government in Afghanistan, which does not mean recognizing it, but rather it will be a practical dialogue.”
He stated that this dialogue would be increased according to the behaviour of the government, for example not turning Afghanistan into a “base for exporting terrorism to the rest of the countries” and respecting human rights, rule of law and freedom of the media.
It is noteworthy that with the withdrawal of foreign forces, the Taliban movement was able to control the Afghan capital, Kabul, without much resistance from the Afghan army on August 15, 2021, after which the Afghan provinces continued to fall into the hands of the movement and its fighters were able to enter the presidential palace in Kabul.