The Taliban seizure of power in Afghanistan is "the most important geopolitical event" since the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and offers a "new opportunity" for China, Russia and Turkey to "expand their influence" in Central Asia, he said. Head of European Diplomacy Josep Borrell.
Addressing MEPs, Josep Borrell reiterated the need for Europe to "talk to the Taliban" in dealing with the humanitarian crisis, but without this meaning formal diplomatic recognition of their status.
The situation in Afghanistan "will have a huge impact on regional and international security. "This is the most important geopolitical event since the annexation of Crimea by Russia seven years ago," he said.
At this juncture, "we must act together with our regional and international partners (…) Central Asia will become a region of greater strategic importance to us," warned Josep Borrell.
"It simply came to our notice then Turkey, China, Russia will have a new opportunity to expand their influenceTo the detriment of the West in Central Asia, he warned, calling for stronger European diplomatic relations with Iran, Pakistan and India.
The European Union "should work closely with the United States and step up diplomatic efforts to build a consensus with its allies to develop an effective common approach" to the new Taliban regime, according to Josep Borrell.
"As Westerners continue their operations in Kabul to oust foreign nationals, Afghan staff and their families, 'we need channels of communication with those in power,'" he said, acknowledging that the prospect he presented yesterday Brussels to talk to the Taliban provoked negative feelings.
"But we have to be clear that opening up communication channels does not in any way mean international political recognition of the Taliban," he said.
"This is by no means a recognition, it is a means of supporting humanitarian aid to Afghanistan while stepping up aid to neighboring countries so that they can manage the negative effects, internal migration, the increased risk of terrorism or drug trafficking, "he explained.
Josep Borel's speech comes a day before a teleconference by NATO foreign ministers on the consequences of developments in Afghanistan.