India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar welcomes Blinken at Hyderabad House in New Delhi [Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken makes the statement on his India trip as a Taliban delegation visits China.
Afghanistan would become a “pariah state” if the Taliban takes control by force, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says, as a top-level delegation from the armed group visits China to assure officials of their international obligations.
“An Afghanistan that does not respect the rights of its people, an Afghanistan that commits atrocities against its own people would become a pariah state,” Blinken told reporters in India on Wednesday during his first official visit.
In China, the Taliban’s leadership assured Beijing the group will not allow Afghanistan to be used as a base for plotting against another country.
A delegation including co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is in China for talks as the group continues a sweeping offensive across Afghanistan, including areas along their shared border.
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WNU Editor: I am not sure about Afghanistan becoming a pariah state should the Taliban take control. Pakistan will support such a government. A Taliban delegation is in China right now laying the groundwork for talks. And even Moscow is becoming engaged with the Taliban. And then there are the Gulf states who have a long relationship with the Taliban.