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PublishDate: Thursday, September 9, 2021 11:02

World wary of Taliban govt as Afghans urge action on rights, economy

Foreign countries greeted the makeup of the new government in Afghanistan with caution and dismay on Wednesday after the Taliban appointed hardline veteran figures to an all-male cabinet, including several with a U.S. bounty on their heads.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_As the newly appointed ministers and their deputies set to work after they were named late on Tuesday, acting Premier Mohammad Hasan urged former officials who fled Afghanistan to return, saying their safety would be guaranteed.

“We have suffered heavy losses for this historic moment and the era of is over,” he told Al Jazeera.

Tens of thousands of people left after the Taliban seized power in -August following a lightning military campaign, many of them professionals fearing reprisals because of their association with the Western-backed government.
In Kabul, dozens of women took to the streets again to demand representation in the new administration and for their rights to be protected.

More broadly, people urged the leadership to revive the , which faces steep inflation, food shortages exacerbated by drought and the prospect of international aid being slashed as countries distance themselves from the Taliban, Reuters reported.

The United States underscored its wariness on Wednesday. “This is a caretaker Cabinet,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. “No one in this administration, not the president nor anyone on the national security team, would suggest that the Taliban are respected and valued members of the global community.”

The Taliban’s announcement of a new government on Tuesday was widely seen as a signal they were not looking to broaden their base and present a more tolerant face to the world, Reuters reported.

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