Blinken 'Concerned' by Taliban's Caretaker Cabinet Selections

by 24USATVSept. 9, 2021, 8:50 a.m. 20
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday told the Taliban that "any legitimacy, any support will have to be earned" after the group named an interim government. Blinken spoke after he and his German counterpart on Wednesday hosted a virtual meeting of ministers from 22 countries as well as NATO and the European Union. Blinken reitered the cautious initial U.S. response to the Taliban's naming Tuesday of the caretaker government line-up. The new adminstration was stacked with veterans of their hard-line rule from the 1990s and the 20-year battle against the U.S.-led coalition. Blinken said the cabinet and the Taliban will be judged by their actions. On the issue of people trying to leave Afghanistan, Blinken pressed the Taliban to allow charter flights carrying would-be evacuees to leave Mazar-e-Sharif. He said the Taliban were not permitting the flights' departure because they claim that some of the passengers do not have the required documentation. "While there are limits to what we can do without personnel on the ground, without an airport with normal security and procedures in place, we are working to do everything in our power to support those flights and to get them off the ground," he said. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2TwO8Gm Subscribe to our newest channel Quicktake Explained: https://bit.ly/3iERrup Bloomberg Quicktake brings you live global news and original shows spanning business, technology, politics and culture. Make sense of the stories changing your business and your world. To watch complete coverage on Bloomberg Quicktake 24/7, visit http://www.bloomberg.com/qt/live, or watch on Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV and Android TV on the Bloomberg app. Have a story to tell? Fill out this survey for a chance to have it featured on Bloomberg Quicktake: https://cor.us/surveys/27AF30 Connect with us on… YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Bloomberg Breaking News on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BloombergQuickTakeNews Twitter: https://twitter.com/quicktake Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quicktake Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quicktake

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