Daily Evacuation Brief | February 11, 2022
Daily news about Afghanistan and the surrounding region
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LAST 24 HOURS:
The Geneva meeting between Taliban delegates and members of the international community concluded with the Taliban calling for an end to sanctions.
United Kingdom officials traveled to Kabul to hold talks about aid with the Taliban.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
Russian military exercises will continue near the Ukraine border.
When Will Recognition Come?
CONTEXT: Select states have quietly laid the groundwork to recognize the Taliban with Russia and China driving the initiative forward. Russia is feeling pressure from CSTO member states to normalize relations, and China has its eyes on lucrative mining concessions and other economic projects. The ancillary benefits of embarrassing the US and NATO are attractive as well. China has been advocating most actively on behalf of the Taliban, most recently including them in bilateral discussions with Pakistan as a potential addition to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Other states seem poised to grant full recognition but are likely waiting on China and Russia to make a definitive move.
ANALYSIS: Based on the recent summit between Russia and China, our analysis suggests Taliban recognition will be a coordinated affair. Both have likely canvassed their vassal states and prepared their announcement. When they announce, they will seek to portray themselves as beneficent leaders and will be followed quickly by a slew of other states’ announcements. It will raise a quandary in the United Nations and among other international organizations, particularly in the financial world.
It is unlikely recognition will be given prior to the final ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Beijing given that the timing would tarnish China’s reputation and add to frictions manifesting there. Therefore, it is our assessment that China and Russia will jointly recognize the Taliban and the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan soon after February 20,2022.
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 93.41 AFN (as of 11 FEB 2022)
Turkey to resume visa issuance in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif
By Najibullah Lalzoy – Khaama Press
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By Emma Graham-Harrison – The Guardian
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By Jason Criss Howk – ClearanceJobs
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China, Pakistan Mull Afghan Membership in CPEC
By TOLO News
The inclusion of Afghanistan in CPEC was discussed during the visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Beijing, where he held talks with…
Government ignored pleas from Liberal MP on Afghan chaos, emails show
By Bryan Passifiume – The Province
While panic filled the streets of Kabul last summer as the Taliban consolidated their brutally swift takeover, a prominent Liberal MP was told…
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