BRICS Won't Recognise Taliban UnTil International Law Assurances: S Africa.

BRICS Won't Recognise Taliban Until International Law Assurances: South Africa

The Taliban swept through Afghanistan last month, seizing control of the country (File)

Johannesburg:

The BRICS countries have agreed not to recognise the Taliban government in Afghanistan until they receive assurances that the Taliban will comply with the prescripts of international law, South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor said Friday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a virtual summit of the five-nation grouping. The 13th BRICS summit was also attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro.

"We had a BRICS Summit (on Thursday) in which our president spoke, and we've adopted a statement - that is a BRICS statement - very clearly articulating the view that we want to see the restoration of democracy and enjoyment of fundamental human rights by the people of Afghanistan," Minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor told a South Africa radio station.

The BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) brings together five of the world's largest developing countries, representing 41% of the global population, 24% of the global GDP and 16% of the global trade.

"Until we are assured that the government, once it's in place, intends to observe the prescripts of international law, we wouldn't proceed with any form of recognition," Ms Pandor said.

The minister also explained why South Africa refused to accept Afghan refugees as an interim stop while their immigration permits to the US were processed.

"We received a rather odd set of letters from South Africa-based lawyers, asking that we receive two airplane loads of persons who had sought refuge in Pakistan but would be transported to South Africa in order for US authorities to vet them in South Africa because some of them would be given the special immigration permit by the United States.

"Firstly, we're not a vetting base; and secondly, if these are refugees and they would have gone to Pakistan, which is a safe country, there is no international law requirement that they must proceed to a third country," Ms Pandor said.

She said in terms of practice, the first engagement would be to seek asylum in Pakistan, which they have done; and if Pakistan wants South Africa to help in any way, it would not be through a law firm in South Africa that represents the government, but the government itself.

"When we contacted the government of Pakistan about this, they knew nothing of this," Ms Pandor said.

The minister also said that the withdrawal of the US Army from Afghanistan as the Taliban rapidly took over all areas of the country was "exceptionally badly handled", placing the country's security at risk.

"I believe, as with much of the world, that the process wasn't handled very well. I think there should have been a far smoother process of particularly the evacuation of persons that the US had promised they would evacuate from that country. So, I think the management was rather of concern," she said.

The foreign minister described the fall of the Afghan government as "very surprising".

"The army couldn't hold out, so security was not able to be provided for the people of Afghanistan. So the whole situation really can be described as exceptionally badly managed," she said.

The Taliban swept through Afghanistan last month, seizing control of almost all key towns and cities as the United States began withdrawing its forces from May 1.

On August 15, the capital city Kabul fell to the Taliban, even as a large number of Afghans attempted in vain to flee the war-torn nation.

The foreign minister also said the authorities in the UK were continuing to remove South Africa from the red list for visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I think it's unwarranted as South Africa has made really good progress through this third wave and I think South Africa's health system has shown that we are able to cope with the challenge. We have sufficient measures in place.

"We are conveying this to our counterparts in the UK and we hope that very soon sense will prevail," Ms Pandor said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Related news
Rose McGowan reveals when she knew everybody was in on Weinstein's crimes.

Rose McGowan reveals when she knew everybody was in on Weinstein's crimes.

Actress who began the uncovering of Harvey Weinstein tells her story on 'Tucker Carlson Today' #FoxNews #Tucker Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing new...

North, South Korea test missiles amid rising tensions - DW News.

North, South Korea test missiles amid rising tensions - DW News.

North Korea on Wednesday fired two ballistic missiles into the sea, according to the South Korean military. Hours later, South Korea said President Moon Jae-in observed Seoul's first underwater-launched missile test on Wednesday afternoon. The Sou...

More than just her words, Amanda Gorman uses fashion to make bold statements: Part 3.

More than just her words, Amanda Gorman uses fashion to make bold statements: Part 3.

As a Black woman, Gorman said it was important to her to showcase her natural hair while on the national stage. Since then, she has stride into the fashion world, including co-chairing the Met Gala.

Amanda Gorman fell in love with writing while growing up in West Los Angeles: Part 2.

Amanda Gorman fell in love with writing while growing up in West Los Angeles: Part 2.

Famous for speaking in front of millions, Gorman said she overcame a childhood speech impediment and learned how to amplify her voice. In 2017, she was named the nation’s 1st youth Poet Laureate.

Amanda Gorman becomes an overnight success after inaugural poem: Part 1.

Amanda Gorman becomes an overnight success after inaugural poem: Part 1.

Gorman said she drew motivation from the Jan. 6 Capitol riots to write her renowned inaugural poem. Following her performance, the young writer stepped into the spotlight as a national icon.

Sky News Breakfast: A new day for a new Cabinet

Sky News Breakfast: A new day for a new Cabinet

On Sky News Breakfast on Thursday September 16: - Boris Johnson completes the line up to his new cabinet as new ministers begin day one in their new jobs; - the US, UK and Australia strike a deal to share submarine secrets, but at France's expense...