An emergency meeting of European Union foreign ministers concluded that “Cooperation with any future Afghan government will be conditioned on a peaceful and inclusive settlement and respect for the fundamental rights of all Afghans.”

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell stated, “The European Union will only cooperate with the Afghan government following the Taliban’s return to power if it respects fundamental rights, including those of women.”

He said that to address “the worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan”, the EU would continue to provide assistance to the Afghan people.

“The EU will also support Afghanistan’s neighbours in coping with negative spill overs, which are to be expected from an increasing flow of refugees and migrants,” Borrell added.

“We have to get in touch with authorities in Kabul … the Taliban have won the war, so we will have to talk to them,” he told a news conference after the meeting.

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