The foreign minister has highlighted how the international community must make any form of cooperation with the Islamist Taliban which has taken control of Afghanistan dependent on meeting strict conditions, such as guaranteeing the rights of women and girls.
According to MTI, Péter Szijjártó, attending an online ministerial conference on the future of the situation of Afghan women held on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, said that in connection with the withdrawal of international forces the Hungarian government had warned that efforts must be made to prevent the Central Asian country from becoming a hiding place for terrorist organizations and the starting point of massive waves of illegal migrants. The latter would pose a serious security challenge for the European Union and could also speed up the spread of the coronavirus, he added. Minister Szijjártó said that looking at the current situation, neither of those goals had been achieved. He added that the position of neighboring countries, according to which the problems of Afghanistan must be solved within Afghanistan, should be taken seriously. He also said that the international community should avoid making irresponsible statements that could result in the destabilization of the region. Additionally, clear conditions must be set to the Taliban, such as making any international recognition, cooperation or financial support dependent on guaranteeing the rights of women and girls, he said. “If they are not ready to do that, then we cannot make any compromises with them,” he said.