Washington: The USA stated on Sunday the primary face-to-face assembly between senior US and Taliban officers because the hardline group retook energy in Afghanistan was “candid and professional” and that the US facet reiterated that the Taliban could be judged on their actions, not simply their phrases.
State Division spokesman Ned Value stated the US delegation within the weekend talks in Doha, Qatar, centered on safety and terrorism considerations and protected passage for US residents, different overseas nationals and Afghans, in addition to on human rights, together with the significant participation of ladies and women in all features of Afghan society.
He stated the 2 sides additionally mentioned “the United States’ provision of robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people.”
“The discussions were candid and professional with the US delegation reiterating that the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words,” Value stated in an announcement.
It didn’t say if any agreements had been reached.
On Saturday, Qatar-based Al Jazeera tv quoted Afghanistan’s performing overseas minister as saying that Taliban representatives requested the US facet to elevate a ban on Afghan central financial institution reserves.
It stated the minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, additionally stated Washington would provide Afghans coronavirus vaccines and that the 2 sides mentioned “opening a new page” between the 2 nations.
Biden administration officers informed Reuters on Friday the US delegation would press the Taliban to launch kidnapped American Mark Frerichs. One other high precedence could be to carry the Taliban to their dedication to not permit Afghanistan to once more grow to be a hotbed for al Qaeda or different extremists.
The Taliban took again energy in Afghanistan in August, virtually 20 years after they had been ousted in a US-led invasion for refusing at hand over al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden following the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults on the USA.
The US officers stated the weekend assembly was a continuation of “pragmatic engagements” with the Taliban and “not about granting recognition or conferring legitimacy” to the group.
US officers say they’re in touch with dozens of Individuals and authorized everlasting residents who want to go away Afghanistan and there are millions of US-allied Afghans vulnerable to Taliban persecution nonetheless within the nation.
Washington and different Western nations are grappling with troublesome decisions as a extreme humanitarian disaster looms massive in Afghanistan. They’re making an attempt to work out how one can have interaction with the Taliban with out granting the group the legitimacy it seeks, whereas making certain humanitarian help flows into the nation.