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US expects Taliban to form inclusive gov’t

By Mohammad Parwiz Arian

KABUL: The United States says it expects the Taliban to form an inclusive government, saying channels of communication with the Taliban will remain open on important issues.

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said on Friday that he would visit Qatar on Sunday for meetings on matters of common interest.

He said he would also travel to Germany to hold a virtual ministerial meeting with more than 20 countries.

“Just like the global fraternity,” Blinken said, “the US expected the Taliban to form an inclusive government with representations from different communities.”

“As we’ve said and as countries around the world have said, there is an expectation that any government that emerges now will have some real inclusivity,” said Blinken.

Blinken said the US would be looking at the actions and policies the new Afghan government would pursue.

He believed the new government would not allow the use of Afghanistan’s soil as a launching ground for terrorism directed at the US or any of its allies.

Blinken expected the Taliban to uphold the basic rights of the Afghan people, including women and minorities, and not to engage in reprisals.

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