US pledges continued support to Afghanistan without ‘bolstering’ Taliban

A spokesperson from the White House on Monday reiterated the commitment of the United States to provide support to the people of Afghanistan while maintaining a strategic distance from the Taliban’s influence.

Responding to inquiries about the Biden administration’s stance regarding the plight of millions of girls in Afghanistan due to the Taliban’s prohibitions, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre underscored President Biden’s resolute stance on ensuring the freedom and education of girls both within the United States and worldwide.

“We have been very clear in laying out our concerns, such as girls’ education, with the Taliban. We have been consistent with that. We’ve been very clear of that. And so, we also remain laser-focused on trying to support and assist the Afghan people without bolstering the Taliban,” she said.

“That’s something that we’re going to continue to do. That’s something that the President is going to continue to be clear about — not just him but his administration. And so, that doesn’t end today and two years ago. That certainly will continue throughout his administration,” she added.

Over 1.1 million girls have been barred from accessing education in Afghanistan since the shuttering of secondary schools almost two years ago. Furthermore, female students have been unable to attend classes since last December.