The United States and the Taliban hold their first talks since Afghanistan Withdrawal
The US is having in-person meetings with the famous group Taliban to further attempt at ‘starting a new leaf’ and express main concerns with humanitarian help, and the fulfillment of the Taliban-US agreement inked last year.
According to Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister, senior Taliban officials and US representatives discussed “turning a new page” in their nations’ relationship as they began talks in Qatar.
The in-person meetings, which began on Saturday in Doha, are the first since US soldiers left Afghanistan in August, ending a 20-year military presence and paving the way for the Taliban to take power.
Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister, Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi, said the Afghan delegation’s main concerns were humanitarian help and the fulfillment of the Taliban-US agreement inked last year, which prepared the path for the eventual US pullout.
The Afghan delegation had requested that the US withdraw its ban on Afghanistan’s central bank reserves, according to the minister. He went on to say that the US would provide COVID-19 vaccines to Afghans.
Later, the Taliban group will meet with European Union leaders.
The discussions, according to a US State Department spokeswoman, are not about recognizing or legitimizing the Taliban as Afghanistan’s leaders, but rather about continuing pragmatic dialogue on topics of US national interest.
He stated that the priority was to ensure the safe departure of Afghans, Americans, and other foreign nationals from Afghanistan and that another goal was to persuade the Taliban to respect the rights of all Afghans, including women and girls, and to form an inclusive government with widespread support.