US wants political fix in Kabul with Pakistani help

As the Taliban complete their first 100 days in power, Western powers are groping for a face-saving formula to engage with the authorities in Kabul with some modicum of dignity. 

The European Union is taking the lead role here. The European countries have a sense of urgency over potential refugee flows from Afghanistan. The EU intends to launch an “inclusive regional dialogue platform, initially with Afghanistan’s six immediate neighbors” – China, Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. 

Speaking during the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday that the EU must support the people of Afghanistan “to prevent imminent economic and social collapse that the country faces.” 

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