Fox News White House reporter Peter Doocy on Wednesday asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki why the Biden administration is consider recognizing the Taliban government in Afghanistan, after reports that known terrorists are now ruling the country.

The exchange took place during Wednesday’s press conference at the White House.

Psaki on Taliban: “We must engage with them”

On September 1, Psaki noted that some type of engagement with the Taliban would be needed, but said the US was “in no rush” to recognize the new Islamic emirate of Afghanistan.

The new Taliban Minister of the Interior, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is the son of the founder of the Haqqani network, who is on the list of American terrorists. He has long been one of the FBI’s most wanted.

Doocy asked Psaki on Wednesday: “There are now more FBI wanted terrorists in the new Afghan government than there are women. Does the president think this is a foreign policy success?

Psaki replied, “First of all, nobody in this administration, not [President Joe Biden] or any member of the national security team would suggest that the Taliban are respected and valued members of the global community. “

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“They by no means deserved it and we never evaluated it,” Psaki added.

She continued, “This is an interim cabinet that includes four imprisoned former Taliban combatants. We didn’t validate that, we didn’t say we were going to recognize it. “

The “four imprisoned former Taliban fighters” referred to by Psaki were actually prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, who were released by President Barack Obama in exchange for deserter from the US Army Bowe Bergdahl.

“What we are trying to do is engage with them because they are overseeing and controlling Afghanistan right now to get American citizens, lawful permanent residents and candidates out of Afghanistan,” he said. said Psaki.

“We must engage with them,” insisted the press secretary.

“Engage with them? Their new acting interior minister is a terrorist from the Haqqani network, ”Doocy replied.

Doocy continued: “He is wanted for a bombing that killed six people, including an American, he allegedly participated in cross-border attacks against American troops, there is a bounty of $ 10 million on his head. “

Doocy: “What are you waiting for them to do? “

“Why are we getting involved? Doocy asked.

Psaki replied, “Shouldn’t we just talk to the people overseeing Afghanistan and just leave it and not bring out the rest of the US citizens?”

“What are you waiting for them to do? Doocy followed. “They have just formed their government. Expect something – you say we’re not going to rush to recognition; it means that there could be recognition.

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Psaki replied, “As we have said many times, the international community is watching, the United States is watching.”

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