Afghanistan's Taliban needs to meet its commitments to get legitimacy: White House

Updated: Oct 4 2023 12:26PM

By Lalit K Jha

Washington, Oct 4 (PTI) Two days after a Taliban-appointed Afghanistan minister reiterated that ’men and women are not equal’ based on Sharia, the White House has said, the Taliban needs to meet its commitments to get legitimacy from the international community.

“We've not recognised them as a governing power in Afghanistan. They want that. They want legitimacy. Then they need to meet their commitments,” John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council in the White House, told reporters at a news conference here on Tuesday.

“I mean, how can you effectively govern, how can you effectively have a useful economy when basically half your workforce, all women, are prohibited from being a part of that process? So, we're going to keep holding them accountable for their commitments,” he said in response to a question.