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PublishDate: Sunday, August 22, 2021 12:04

EU Has Not Recognized Taliban

The European Union has not recognized the Taliban, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday, according to a report.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_The EU also said that is it not holding with the Taliban, a week after they seized control of Afghanistan.

The Taliban completed a lightning takeover of Afghanistan on Sunday, walking into the capital Kabul without firing a shot.

The head of the EU executive spoke after visiting a reception centre in Madrid for Afghan employees of EU institutions evacuated from Kabul.

Von der Leyen said she would propose an increase in the $67 million in humanitarian aid which the Commission had allocated this year for Afghanistan.

"We may well hear the Taliban's words but we will measure them above all by their deeds and actions," von der Leyen told a news conference.

She said the Commission was ready to provide funding to which help resettle refugees, and she planned to raise the resettlement issue at a G7 meeting next week.

On Saturday, a senior Taliban official told Reuters that the framework for the creation of the new government is expected to be announced in the next few weeks.

Sources have said that the Taliban and other Afghan political leaders have continued their discussions on the formation of a new government, however, there has been no discussions on main issues so far.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood is expected to visit Kabul soon.

“The Taliban will announce the framework of the new government in the next few days,” a senior Taliban member told Reuters.

“He said that ’s_legal, religious and foreign policy experts are working to prepare the framework,” he said.

Government and private offices remain closed a week after the Taliban took control of Kabul.

The closure of the government and private offices such as government ministries, the passport department and banks has created major problems for the residents of Kabul.

On Saturday dozens of Afghans visited government offices aiming to work but normal services did not resume.

Residents speaking to TOLOnews asked the Taliban to open the government offices as soon as possible.

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