A Taliban ambassador to Canberra? We do not think about it, says PM

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In an interview with SBS News in Washington, Morrison said it would “require very convincing” for Australia to consider recognizing the Taliban as a government.

“There needs to be a lot of demonstrated performance from the Taliban before Australia starts moving in a direction that can give them any kind of legitimacy,” he told SBS News in Washington.

Asked about the prospect of a Taliban representative occupying the Afghan embassy in Canberra, Morrison said: “This is something that is not something to think about.”

Afghanistan’s expert professor Amin Saikal says that while it is still too early for the world to recognize the Taliban, it all starts with recognition from the UN.

“If the UN decides, ‘yes, we accept the Taliban representative to replace the current Afghan ambassador to the UN’, because it is an international body that opens up the possibility for a number of other countries to do so,” he told SBS News .

No plans to have a Taliban ambassador to Canberra, the PM said

But he said some countries do not necessarily have to wait for the UN to go their own way and there is speculation that China may be the first to recognize the Taliban.

Any potential Taliban representative in Canberra would be granted diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

“By accepting the Taliban ambassador, Australia would very clearly recognize a Taliban government,” Donald Rothwell, a professor of international law at the Australian National University, told SBS News.

“Australia is quite wise not to want to give formal de jure recognition to a Taliban government, so I think that may be the most important step,” he added.

“Boris Johnson very soon after Kabul’s fall to the Taliban was very eager to ensure that there was a coordinated position among key Western allies on this point, so it will be interesting to know whether one is on the sidelines – either directly or indirectly – there was some discussion in Washington about these particular issues. “

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Morrison said he would discuss the issue of Afghanistan with allies in Washington, especially about getting more visa holders and Australians out of the country.

“We’ve had a lot of discussions over the last week and we need to have one today that’s about roads where we can get more people out of Afghanistan,” he said.

“It’s still very early days, and it’s on the Taliban to be good at what they’ve promised to enable people to leave if they want to.”

Morrison also reiterated previous comments that there was no ceiling on the number of humanitarian refugee visas for Afghans fleeing the Taliban takeover.

He said about 100 people have arrived in Australia under this refugee program so far.

“If it’s going to be bigger, it’s going to get bigger,” the prime minister said.

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