Britain will work with the Taliban should they enter the government in Afghanistan, UK Defense Minister Ben Wallace stated.
“Whatever the government of the day is, provided it adheres to certain international norms, the UK government will engage with it,” he told The Daily Telegraph in an interview published on Tuesday.
However, Wallace warned that Britain will review any relationship “if they behave in a way that is seriously against human rights”.
Wallace appealed for the Taliban and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani to work together to bring stability to the country after decades of conflict.
Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the end of Britain’s military mission in Afghanistan following a hasty and secretive exit of the last remaining troops 20 years after the post-9/11 invasion that started the “war on terror”.
The Taliban has announced on Friday it has seized control of 85 percent of territory in Afghanistan, a declaration government officials dismissed as part of a propaganda campaign.