US and India Ask Taliban to Prevent Afghanistan Becoming “Breeding Ground for Terrorism”

India and the United States called on the Taliban to follow the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) resolution to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a “breeding ground for terrorists” to carry attacks against any other country.

In a joint statement issued on the India-US-2+2 Ministerial Dialogue between Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin in Washington, the sides called on the Taliban to adhere to the UNSC resolution 2593 (2021) that demands that “Afghan territory must never again be used to threaten or attack any country or shelter or train terrorist or plan or finance terrorist attacks.”

The ministers also called on the Taliban to honor all previous agreements regarding the human rights of all Afghans, including women, children, and members of minority groups, as well as travel freedom. 

They also stressed the significance of an inclusive Afghan government and unrestricted humanitarian aid delivery by the United Nations and its implementing partners.

The ministers reaffirmed their commitment to close consultations on Afghanistan in order to enable all Afghans to have a more inclusive and peaceful future.

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in mid-August and toppled the western-backed Afghan government after 20 years of war. The Taliban have repeatedly assured that they will not let any group to use Afghanistan’s soil against any other country and also prevent terrorist groups from establishing safe havens inside Afghanistan.

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