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EU will not recognize Taliban administration

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KABUL: European Union said on Friday it will provide humanitarian aid to Afghan people, but it will not be formally recognizing the Taliban-led administration.

President of the European Council, Charles Michel, in a meeting with leaders of Central Asian countries in Kyrgyzstan, laid emphasis on the need for countries in Central Asia and European Union to collectively counter terrorism in the region.

“The European Union does not recognize the Taliban government, because we support the protection of women’s rights. We will do everything for Afghanistan to fulfill its international obligations,” he said. He noted that the European Union will provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

He said the EU is ready to cooperate with Central Asian nations on fortifying their borders in order to stem the tide of terrorism. Michel applauded Central Asian countries for helping in setting priorities in this matter.

He was attending the second regional meeting “Central Asia – European Union” in Cholponota, Kyrgyzstan. The agenda of the event included issues of further development of constructive dialogue and practical cooperation of Central Asian countries with the European Union.

The first regional meeting in this format was held on October 27, 2022 in Astana.

The delegation of Uzbekistan took part in the meeting of the special representatives of the European Union and Central Asia on Afghanistan.

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