EXCLUSIVE: Republican Sen. Marco Rubio asks Congress and the The Biden administration designates the Taliban as a foreign terrorist organization and its new government as a state sponsor of terrorism.
The Florida senator is expected to present a statement on Wednesday law prohibiting federal departments and agencies from taking any action indicating or implying recognition of the Taliban 's claim to sovereignty over Afghanistan.
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The legislation is supported by GOP Sens. Shelley Moore Capito from West Virginia, Dan Sullivan from Alaska, Thom Tillis from North Carolina, Tommy Tuberville from Alabama and Cynthia Lummis from Wyoming.
Rubio also offers a balance sheet and an annual report from Department of State on which countries have "diplomatic relations " with the Taliban, and whether foreign persons are "knowingly " providing assistance to the Taliban. Legislation would require the Department of the US Treasury that he then impose sanctions to people providing assistance to the Taliban.
When it comes to humanitarian aid, Rubio's legislation would require USAID to ensure that all humanitarian aid in Afghanistan - or in any other state in which the FTO holds territory or wields "substantial power " - does not go to these terrorists. The bill would also prevent allocated funds from going to any government whose duly elected head of government is removed by the "Coup d 'etat.
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The bill would also require an annual report from the State Department on w whether Pakistan provides safe haven to designated foreign terrorist organizations; whether or not the Taliban should be named as "strange narcotics traffickersrs important; "and whether Taliban-controlled Afghanistan should be considered a " high-risk jurisdiction "
The bill will require US customs and protection that They assess whether importing rare earths from Afghanistan violates bans on products made with forced labor, and would repeal sections of Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 which provided an exception to Iranian sanctions for installations and the sectors necessary for the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
"There is no doubt that an AfgTaliban-controlled hanistan poses a direct threat to our national security interests and those of our allies and partners in both Middle East and Central Asia, ”Rubio told Fox News. The disastrous military withdrawal of the Biden administration from Afghanistan, the country is already emerging as a haven for terrorists who hate America. Unfortunately, there is no reason to believe that President Biden will treat the Taliban like the terrorists they are. "
He added: " Congress must take action to face this new reality and keep Americans safe. "
Rubio's proposal comes just a week after the Taliban announced the formation of their new government, after the group took over. control of Afghanistan in the middle of Withdrawal of the army american last month.
The government will be headed by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, with the co-founder of the Taliban, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar as deputy, Mullah Yaqoob as interim defense minister, Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi as second deputy and Sirajuddin Haqqani, the head of the terrorist organization Haqqani Network and one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists, as acting interior minister.
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L The Biden administration, although it called its dialogue with the Taliban "cooperative, " "pragmatic and professional " amid the now diplomatic mission of the United States to evacuate Americans and Afghans remaining Afghanist liesyear following the complete withdrawal of US troops on August 31, said there was "no rush " to recognize the group as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.
"There is no rush to recognition, and that will depend on the actions taken by the Taliban, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said last week. "The world will see if they allow US citizens, whether they allow individuals to leave who wish, and how they treat women and girls across the country. "
Psaki said no have a " timeline "on if and when the Biden administration would recognize the Taliban.
The White House, however, plans to continue providing humanitarian aid to the Afghan people, but has not specified how it will guarantee that these funds remain out of the hands of the Taliban.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said earlier this month that humanitarian aid is a "important dimension " which should go "directly to the Afghan people.
"We go through non-governmental organizations which are still operating on the ground in Afghanistan " "Sullivan said earlier this month. "He will not go through [the Taliban.]