WASHINGTON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - A group of Afghan diplomats from the ousted government in Kabul issued an unprecedented joint statement calling on world leaders to deny formal recognition to the Taliban and reprimand them for "leaving our people at the mercy of a terrorist group ".
The declaration , which was provided to Hfrance. en prior to its public release, was signed by two dozen officials operating in a sort of diplomatic twilight, with no government to represent but still working from missions in the United States, Britain, France, Turkey and elsewhere .
The diplomats who signed the letter with strong terms were all below the rank of ambassador.
"We discoveredenraged that after twenty years of engagement, our allies are abandoning Afghanistan and leaving us at the mercy of a terrorist group ", wrote the diplomats.
The letter also called on world leaders to use all available means to end Taliban violence against women, civil society activists and journalists.
It included warnings about the global implications of the overthrow of the Afghan government by the Taliban.
"The Taliban's success in seizing power through illegal and violent means ... emboldens terrorist and violent extremist groups around the world," they wrote, adding the violent takeover "normalizes violence. " "
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Jawad Raha, first secretary of the embassy toWashington, told Hfrance.fr that its outpost is still functioning, with diplomats focusing on providing services to Afghans living in the United States and drawing attention to the situation in Afghanistan.
Raha said the embassy removed the photo of Ashraf Ghani after he abruptly relinquished the presidency and left the country on August 15, leaving Kabul to the Taliban.
"We were all upset, like other embassies, (over) the way he left the country " said Raha .
Ghani said last week that he left because he wanted to avoid bloodshed and denied claims that he allegedly stole millions of dollars by going out.
The statement by diplomats called for the establishment of an independent international mission to investigate the 'Afghanistan "to ensure justice and accountability.
He also called on leaders to consolidate efforts to create a negotiated and inclusive government in Afghanistan "which is acceptable to all Afghans, including women and minorities. Report by Phil Stewart; Edited by Nick Macfie
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