The world must not allow the gains made around women's rights in Afghanistan during the past 20 years of international occupation to vanish, foreign minister Luigi Di Maio stated on Thursday.
"The topic of women's rights must remain central. In two decades, women have acquired dignity and respect. All this cannot now be lost," Di Maio wrote on Facebook.
"It's clear that we can't agree with the Taliban's initial measures, such as banning women from sport or curtaining them off in the lecture theatre," the post went on.
Given the interim Taliban government's actions, the international community cannot recognise or "legitimise" it, Di Maio wrote.
"We need to stand strong and Italy does not intend to backtrack. We are committed to the hilt and must do our utmost to help the Afghan people," Di Maio argued.