The United States special envoy for Afghanistan met this Saturday, May 21, 2022 in Doha (Qatar) with the head of diplomacy of the Taliban government and recalled the opposition of the international community to the severe restrictions imposed on women.
“Girls must go to school, women must have the right to move freely and work without restrictions to progress towards a normalization of relations” with the unrecognized Taliban government, US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West wrote on Twitter after meeting with Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.
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1/4 Together with @SE_AfghanWGH, spoke with Taliban’s Amir Khan Mutaqi this morning. Conveyed unified int’l opposition to ongoing and expanding restrictions on women and girls’ rights and role in society.
— US Special Representative Thomas West (@US4AfghanPeace) May 21, 2022
“The dialogue will continue”
The two officials also discussed the stabilization of the Afghan economy and the risk of attacks, according to Thomas West.
“The dialogue will continue to support the Afghan people and our national interests,” he added.
The return of repression in Afghanistan
When they took power in August after the withdrawal of American troops, the Taliban promised a more flexible regime than during their first rigorous reign between 1996 and 2001.
But in recent months they have begun to repress opposition and impose strict restrictions on women in particular.
Women must again cover themselves completely
In early May, the Taliban’s supreme leader ordered that women must cover themselves fully in public, including the face, ideally with the traditional burqa. Previously, only a scarf covering the hair was enough.
At the end of March, the Taliban made high schools and colleges close to girls, just hours after their reopening, which had been announced for a long time.
After the return to power of the Taliban, Afghanistan saw its economy collapse and unemployment soar, in particular because of the immense liquidity crisis caused by the freezing of billions of assets held abroad, in particular in the USA.