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Washington weighs Taliban travel restrictions

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KABUL: The US is considering whether to extend a Trump-era waiver that would allow certain Islamic Emirate officials to continue to travel abroad, according to Foreign Policy.

According to the Doha agreement signed between the US and the Islamic Emirate’s Political office of Qatar, the extension of the travel ban exemption of the Islamic Emirate’s leaders will end on Monday.

“The Biden administration is locked in a fierce internal debate over whether to extend a Trump-era waiver that would allow select Taliban officials to travel abroad as they grapple with how to pressure the regime on Afghanistan’s deteriorating human rights situation,” Foreign Policy said.

Meanwhile, Heather Barr, director of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch said that the travel ban exception on the Islamic Emirate’s officials means a lack of commitment to Afghan women.

However, the Islamic Emirate said that the use of force option in Kabul will not bring positive results.

Deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, Bilal Karimi, called for official relations between Kabul and the international community.

To start peace negotiations with the Islamic Emirate, the former administration of US President Donald Trump lifted travel sanctions on the Islamic Emirate’s leaders for a temporary period of time.

Analysts comment on the consequences of reimposing a travel ban on the Islamic Emirate’s leaders.

“The force elements were used during the past 20 years but they didn’t have any positive result. I believe that the international community should understand this issue to solve the problems via engagement,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.

This comes as the UN Special Rapporteur for Afghanistan human rights, Richard Bennett, is expected to speak at the European Union during his visit to Brussels.

“The government first must make a roadmap for an inclusive government. The international community should also not politicalize the humanitarian situation and human rights,” said Shukria Barakzai, a former member of the parliament.

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