Britain has said it will work with the Taliban if they take back power in Afghanistan — even as the fundamentalist group is reportedly barring women from leaving home alone and forcing many to marry soldiers.
The insurgent group claims to have taken back 85 percent of Afghan territory since the Western withdrawal and is due to have talks this week with senior government leaders in Doha.
“Whatever the government of the day is, provided it adheres to certain international norms, the UK government will engage with it,” British Defense Minister Ben Wallace told the Telegraph on Tuesday.
“All peace processes require you to come to terms with the enemy,” he said of the fundamentalist group that ruled Afghanistan with an iron fist from 1996 until the Afghan war started in 2001.
Wallace said he was confident that the Taliban would have learned their lesson and would behave rather than risk “isolation” and being toppled again.
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