Western countries have expressed deep concern about the presence and operations of extremist groups in Afghanistan. They also say that the Taliban is not fulfilling its obligations in the field of counter-terrorism.
Special envoys to Afghanistan from the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States met last week.
A joint statement was only released on Thursday. In it, the envoys say the presence of Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri, who was recently killed in a US attack in Kabul, shows that the Taliban are not keeping their promise. The Taliban insist they didn’t know he was in Afghanistan, but Washington says they don’t believe it.