Joe Biden
Joe Biden

Taliban must decide whether it wants int’l recognition – Biden

NEWS DIGEST – The Taliban must decide whether it wants to be recognised by the international community, according to U.S. President Joe Biden.

Biden, who said this in an ABC interview aired on Thursday, added that he did not think the group had changed its fundamental beliefs.

Asked if he thought the Taliban had changed, Biden told ABC News, “No.”

“I think they’re going through a sort of existential crisis about: Do they want to be recognised by the international community as being a legitimate government? I’m not sure they do,” he said, adding that the group appeared more committed to its beliefs.

But, he added, the Taliban also had to grapple with whether it could provide for Afghans.

“They also care about whether they have food to eat, whether they have an income that … can run an economy.

“They care about whether or not they can hold together the society that they in fact say they care so much about,” Biden said.

He also added that it would take economic and diplomatic pressure — not military force — to ensure women’s rights.