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Newsline: World diplomats, politicians condemn Taliban burqa mandate

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has joined world diplomats and politicians in condemning a new mandate from the Taliban requiring Afghan women to cover their faces in public. Thomas-Greenfield, speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, was asked by host Jake Tapper if the Taliban’s latest decree showed whether it was a problem that the U.S. withdrew its troops from Afghanistan last fall before a “competent government” was established. “It shows again what the Taliban are capable of,” Thomas-Greenfield said. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement on Twitter that he was “alarmed” by the Taliban’s announcement that women must cover their faces in public and leave home only in cases of necessity. (https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2022/05/09/world-diplomats-condemn-taliban-burqa-mandate/1651652108454/) The Taliban on Saturday ordered that all Afghan women must wear a full-body covering, including the face, a return to restrictions first implemented in the 1990s.

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