The US secretary of state said the Taliban were convicting women and girls in Afghanistan with a ‘dark future with no chance’.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned the Taliban that the US will impose a “cost” on the group if they do not reverse their commitments. recent ban on women attending university in Afghanistan.
Blinken said on Thursday that the Taliban-led government in Kabul would not be able to improve relations with the rest of the world if it continued to deny the basic rights of Afghan women.
“What they did was try to fish Afghan women and the girls to a dark future with no chance,” Blinken said at an end-of-year news conference in Washington, DC.
“And the bottom line is that no country can succeed – much less prosper – if it denies half of its population the opportunity to contribute.
“And to be clear, we are currently engaged with other countries on this, there will be costs if this is not reversed if this does not change,” Blinken said, without specifying the measures. What law may include.
Afghanistan’s aid-dependent economy has been hit hard US and Western sanctions on the side of the Taliban take over the country last year amid the withdrawal of US troops, ending the 20-year occupation.
In response to widespread concerns about a return to the harsh policies that dominated Taliban rule in Afghanistan in the 1990s, the group initially promised a more moderate government when it came to power. rights in August 2021.
But the move to suspend higher education for women, announced earlier this week, has sparked outrage around the world, including from some Muslim majority countries called on the Taliban to reverse the decree.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday that the ban was “neither Muslim nor humane”.
“What’s wrong with women’s education? What harm does it do to Afghanistan?” Cavusoglu said. “Is there an Islamic explanation? In contrast, our religion, Islam, is not against education; on the contrary, it promotes education and science.”
The Taliban have defended the restrictions, saying they are aimed at protecting the “national interest” and “honor” of women.
On Thursday, Blinken said condemnation of the decision by Muslim officials around the world was “important and strong”.
The top US diplomat also defended America withdraws chaos from Afghanistan last year.
“We ended America’s longest war. For the first time in 20 years, Americans will not return home from Afghanistan in a body bag or seriously injured,” he said.