As it completes its Afghanistan evacuation, the US cautions the Taliban that legitimacy must be earned.

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As it completes its Afghanistan evacuation, the US cautions the Taliban that legitimacy must be earned.

JUST HOURS AFTER THE LAST AMERICAN TROOPS LEFT AFGHANISTAN, THE UNITED STATES WARNED THE TALIBAN THAT “legitimacy will have to be won.”

America would only engage with the Taliban if it is in their “national interest,” according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“Every move we take will be predicated not on what a Taliban-led Government says, but on what it does to live up to its commitments,” Mr Blinken said at a press conference in Washington.

“The Taliban seeks worldwide legitimacy and support,” he continued.

“We want to send the message that any validity and support must be earned.”

Mr. Blinken gave his speech just hours after American forces had left Afghanistan.

Only about 200 US citizens remain in the Middle Eastern country, according to the Secretary of State.

The 59-year-old went on to say that working with allies and partners allows the US to “exert significantly greater leverage.”

Blinken acknowledged that he and Vice President Joe Biden met with their G7 and NATO counterparts.

“We will work closely with countries in the area and around the world in the future, as well as leading international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the corporate sector,” Blinken added.

“Our allies and partners share our goals and are eager to collaborate with us.”

However, the ambassador used his press conference to emphasize how the United States will continue to provide financial assistance to Afghans.

“Millions are internally displaced, millions are facing hunger – even starvation, and Afghanistan has been hit severely by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

“The United States will continue to assist the Afghan people with humanitarian aid.

“In accordance with our sanctions on the Taliban, the help will be channeled through independent organizations rather than the government.”

Mr. Blinken gave his speech just hours after American forces had left Afghanistan.

Only about 200 US citizens remain in the Middle Eastern country, according to the Secretary of State.

“Of individuals who self-identify as Americans in Afghanistan who are considering leaving, we have received information that around 6,000 have been evacuated or otherwise departed,” he added.

The Cabinet Minister did not respond to any questions from media after his 10-minute news conference.

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