Blinken rallies diplomatic support

The US Secretary of State has tried to build consensus on how to approach the new leaders of Afghanistan. Antony Blinken and other senior diplomats have agreed they need to hold the Taliban accountable.

Blinken met with Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at a US air base in the country. They shared their concerns over Afghanistan's caretaker Cabinet, which consists exclusively of members of the Taliban.

Blinken said the group's leaders have not chosen the inclusive government they promised. He said they need to uphold human rights, including those of women and minorities, and ensure the flow of humanitarian aid.

Years of fighting has pushed millions of Afghans from their homes. A drought has left many with little to eat. The spread of COVID-19 has compounded the crisis.

Blinken met with evacuees who were airlifted to the base. He urged the Taliban to reopen the airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and allow more people to leave the country.