Blinken to Taliban: Any legitimacy “will have to be earned”

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that any legitimacy or international support for the Taliban ‘will have to be earned’ after Afghanistan’s new rulers announced an interim government that drew a deeply skeptical Western response. The secretary of state and his German counterpart met at a U.S. base in Germany that has become a key transit point for evacuees from Afghanistan. They hosted a virtual meeting of officials from 22 countries as well as NATO, the European Union and U.N. the day after the Taliban announced their all-male interim government.” [editor’s note: Has Blinken’s regime, or any of the others represented at that meeting, earned legitimacy? – TLK] (09/08/21)