EU Re-Establishes Presence in Afghanistan

The European Union announced that it will begin re-establishing a “minimal presence” in Afghanistan for humanitarian purposes, although it is still not formally recognizing the country’s Taliban-led government.

“Our minimal presence in Kabul must not in any way be seen as recognition” of the Taliban government there,” EU foreign affairs spokesman Peter Stano said in a statement.

A Taliban foreign ministry spokesman had earlier said in a tweet that they have conducted several meetings with the EU, which had “officially opened its embassy with a permanent presence in Kabul & practically commenced operations”.

The EU spokesperson clarified that their “minimal presence in Kabul must not in any way be seen as recognition. This has also been clearly communicated to the de facto authorities.”

No country has yet recognized the Taliban as a legitimate government of Afghanistan.

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