Taliban Conclude “Positive” Talks with US Officials in Doha | Taliban news
The Taliban are holding a meeting with EU officials after two days of talks with the United States as they seek international recognition.
Senior Taliban officials said they had had “positive” discussions with a US delegation in the Qatari capital, Doha, and started a meeting with EU officials.
It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two sides since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15 following the collapse of the West-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani as US forces were beginning to withdraw from the country. US forces withdrew from Afghanistan on August 30, ending 20 years of military occupation.
Natasha Ghoneim of Al Jazeera, reporting from Doha, said the Americans “will not give any details at the end of the talks,” but the Afghan delegation said the two-day talks were “positive”.
“They hope this will pave the way for recognition of the Afghan government – not just by the United States, but by the international community,” Ghoneim said.
According to her, the Afghan delegation, headed by the acting Afghan foreign minister, Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi, also came to Doha in search of financial assistance accompanied by any kind of international recognition.
“What concessions have been made to get financial aid, what deals could be made… we don’t know yet,” Ghoneim said.
She added that the Afghan delegation was calling on the United States to end economic sanctions and “unfreeze” some $ 10 billion in assets. The Taliban announced their all-male cabinet last month, but have struggled to govern amid a liquidity crunch after being cut off from international financial institutions, such as the IMF and the World Bank.
The group said it had to pay government workers and provide services to Afghans amid the looming economic and humanitarian crisis.
The United States has yet to comment on the meetings. But a State Department spokesman said on Friday evening that the talks were not about recognizing or legitimizing the Taliban as Afghan leaders, but about continuing pragmatic talks on issues of national concern to them. United States.
He said the priority was the safe departure of Afghans, US citizens and other foreign nationals from Afghanistan, adding that another goal was to urge the Taliban to respect the rights of all Afghans, including inclusive of women and girls, and to form inclusive government with Broad Support.
While the Taliban showed flexibility on evacuations, they said there would be no cooperation with the United States to contain armed groups in Afghanistan – a matter of concern to Washington.
The 2020 US-Taliban deal, brokered by the administration of former President Donald Trump, demanded that the Taliban sever ties with “terrorist” groups and ensure Afghanistan no longer harbors “terrorists” who could attack Washington and its allies.
The Afghan group demanded that its top leaders be removed from the “terrorism list”, accusing the United States of violating the Doha agreement, which paved the way for the American withdrawal.
Since the Taliban took power, the Islamic State of Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K), a subsidiary of ISIS (ISIS), has stepped up attacks in the country, targeting in particular the Hazara Shiite community.
ISKP claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing attack on a Shia mosque during Friday prayers, in which dozens were killed.
The Taliban, which cracked down on the ISKP, ruled out cooperation with the United States to deal with its threat. The group also warned Washington against any attack “on the horizon” against Afghan territory from outside the country’s borders.