Indonesia calls on the international community to unite in conveying the same hopes to the Taliban government. This was done following Indonesia’s concern that progress in a number of areas that had been achieved in the country could suffer a setback, including in the areas of development and women’s empowerment.
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said there was a lot of hope regarding this, including the insistence on the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, respect for human rights, especially women’s rights. Also hope is to ensure that Afghanistan is not used as a base and training area for terrorist activities.
“I convey the importance of the Taliban fulfilling the promises that have been made and concrete steps are needed to fulfill these promises,” said Retno in a press conference broadcast virtually from New York, United States, Thursday (23/9). She attended the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting. which discussed the issue of Afghanistan on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN).
Retno also conveyed the importance of all G20 member countries to contribute in overcoming the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. He stressed the safety and welfare of the Afghan people is his top priority.
Therefore, Retno appealed to the international community to be able to help the Afghan people in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The way, according to the Foreign Minister, is to accelerate vaccination through a vaccine donation mechanism for Afghanistan and fulfill the basic needs of its people.
According to Retno, all international humanitarian aid must target the Afghan people in need. He also underlined that the development approach should be part of the nation’s development strategy in the Central Asian country.
International Relations Observer from Paramadina University, Teuku Rezasyah, said the G20 had fears because they did not know what Afghanistan really needed.
Rezasyah warned that the international community must be solid in helping the Taliban manage Afghanistan. Without this effort, he said, China has the opportunity to be the beneficiary party.
“Later, aid from China will come in droves to directly answer Afghanistan’s needs. Because Afghanistan definitely needs empowerment assistance, economic recovery assistance, infrastructure assistance, aid for a new image in the world. China can have the individual ability to do that,” said Rezasyah.
Therefore, continued Rezasyah, the G20 is considered to have to try to find a formula that can be used as a multilateral scheme to help Afghanistan, so that it involves many countries in the world, including from Western Europe, America, Southeast Asia and East Asia. As a result, according to Rezasyah, China cannot claim to be the only country that can assist the restructuring process in Afghanistan.
Rezasyah is worried that if the Taliban are not assisted and are busy in the development process in Afghanistan, the euphoria of the Taliban’s victory is considered an Islamic victory that will spread to the Middle East. Moreover, the Taliban has stated that it will never recognize Israel.
Rezasyah explained that all sectors in Afghanistan must be simultaneously empowered, especially agriculture, fiscal and manufacturing.
The payments, he said, should be made through natural resource management concessions that the Taliban government would grant to countries that contribute to development and restructuring in Afghanistan.
Rezasyah stressed that a stable, peaceful and sovereign Afghanistan under the control of the Taliban is also in the interest of the international community. If Afghanistan is not under control, he said, the effects will be felt everywhere. [fw/ah]