The United States is not in a rush to recognize the new interim government in Afghanistan, the White House said on Wednesday, asserting that it is in talks with the Taliban to get American citizens out of the strife-torn country.
“No one in this administration, not the President nor anyone on the national security team, would suggest that the Taliban are respected and valued members of the global community. They have not earned that in any way, and we have never assessed that. This is a caretaker cabinet that does include four former imprisoned Taliban fighters,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference.
The administration has not validated that, she said.
“We have not conveyed we’re going to recognize it and nor are we rushing to recognition. There’s a lot they have to do before that. What we are working to do is to engage with them because they oversee and control Afghanistan right now to get American citizens, legal permanent residents, SIV applicants out of Afghanistan,” Psaki said.
“We have to engage with them,” she said.
“But to engage with them — their new acting interior minister is a Haqqani network terrorist. He’s wanted for a bombing that killed six people, including an American. He’s believed to have participated in cross-border attacks against US troops. There’s a USD 10-million bounty on his head. Why are we engaging?” she asked.
Taliban’s hardline interim government includes specially designated global terrorist Sirajuddin Haqqani as the acting interior minister.