Italy says it is “impossible” to recognize the Taliban government, but urges people to help the Afghans

Italy says it is “impossible” to recognize the Taliban government, but urges people to help the Afghans


Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday (September 26) that recognition of the Taliban government was “impossible” due to the presence of “terrorists” among ministers and highlighted humanitarian aid to protect women and girls.

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Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday (September 26) that recognition of the Taliban government was “impossible” due to the presence of “terrorists” among ministers and highlighted humanitarian aid to protect women and girls.

“Recognition of the Taliban government is impossible because there are 17 terrorists among the ministers and the human rights of women and girls are constantly being violated,” Di Maio told the state television station Rai 3.

Maio, who chaired a meeting of G20 foreign ministers in New York last week, said the Afghan people should receive the financial aid frozen after the Taliban came to power last month.

“In a while they will not be able to pay salaries. It is clear that we have to protect Afghanistan from an implosion and an uncontrolled migration flow that could destabilize neighboring countries,” said Di Maio.

Maio said there are ways to guarantee “financial support” without giving money to the Taliban. He added that some humanitarian aid must “always” protect women and girls.

Italy holds the annually rotating presidency of the G20 and wants to host a special summit on Afghanistan.

“The G20 countries, together with Afghanistan’s neighbors, have committed to fighting terrorism and advocating the protection of human rights,” said Di Maio.

When asked if a date had been set for a meeting of G20 leaders on Afghanistan, Di Maio said it would be “in the coming weeks”.

“The date is not yet known, but the conditions for the convening of the G20 Summit, chaired by Prime Minister Mario Draghi, are in place,” he said.

Taliban appeal to international airlines

Meanwhile, the Taliban government in Afghanistan on Sunday (September 26) urged international airlines to resume flights to and from Kabul, claiming that all technical problems at the country’s main airport had been resolved.

In a statement, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the newly appointed State Department spokesman, said the Taliban hoped the proper commercial services would resume shortly and pledged full cooperation.

“Many Afghan citizens have been stuck outside and have not been able to return to their homeland. In addition, many Afghan citizens who have international employment or are studying abroad are now struggling to reach their destination,” he said.

(With contributions from agencies)

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