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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks following talks on the situation in Afghanistan, at the State Department in Washington, D,C., August 30, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Secretary of State Antony Blinken chided the newly-announced Taliban government over its lack of “inclusivity” and the appointment of people with “challenging track records” during a press conference in Germany on Wednesday.

The Taliban announced the makeup of an interim government for its so-called Islamic emirate on Wednesday. The new interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is on the FBI’s most-wanted list and has led military operations against U.S. and NATO forces. Four former Guantanamo Bay detainees were also appointed to senior positions in the new government.

“With regard to the composition of this government, or interim government, I noted the fact that it certainly does not meet the test of inclusivity and it includes people who have very challenging track records,” Blinken told reporters.

The Secretary insisted that any recognition of the Taliban government would “have to be earned.” Previously, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has said the Taliban would need to decide on their “role” in the “international community.”

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