Blinken to Taliban: Any legitimacy 'will have to be earned'
(AP Photo/Michael Probst) (Michael Probst)RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Taliban on Wednesday that any legitimacy or support “will have to be earned” after Afghanistan's new rulers announced an interim government that drew a deeply skeptical Western response. Initial responses suggested that it may struggle to win the international support the new leaders desperately need to avoid an economic meltdown. “The Taliban seek international legitimacy and support,” Blinken told reporters. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas pressed demands for the Taliban to allow Afghans to travel freely and to respect their basic rights, including women's. Blinken said the U.S. is still “assessing the announcement” and noted that the Taliban has billed it as a caretaker Cabinet.wftv.com
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