Afghanistan: Politics and Government

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 15th September 2021.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the announcement of a government in Afghanistan.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The 'caretaker' appointments announced by the Taliban on 7 September did not reflect the diversity of the country's regions and communities, or women. We call on the Taliban to pursue inclusive politics and an inclusive society. Our approach to the Taliban will be shaped by what they now do. We have made clear to the Taliban our expectations in areas such as counter-terrorism, humanitarian access, and human rights, and are working with our partners in order to seek to exercise a moderating influence on the Taliban where we can.

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