After two days of negotiations between The United States and the Taliban, the former enemies, described as outspoken and professional by the US State Department, it seems that aid is returning to the flow to Afghanistan, which is mired in a suffocating economic crisis.
The Taliban announced that the United States had agreed to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, which lives in abject poverty and is on the brink of economic disaster, but refused political recognition of the country’s new Taliban rulers.
Movement political spokesperson Suhail Shaheen also told The Associated Press that Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki assured the US delegation during talks held Saturday and Sunday in Doha. that the movement is committed to working on Afghan lands not become a springboard for extremists to launch attacks against countries.
As requested by Mottaki from american side Lift the reserve ban of the Central Bank of Afghanistan.
In addition, he said the two sides discussed “opening a new page” between the two countries, according to Reuters news agency.
For its part, the United States clarified that the talks were by no means a prelude to the recognition of the Taliban, which came to power on August 15 after the fall of the allied government in Washington.
From Kabul (Reuters)
Terrorism and women’s rights
The Foreign Office also confirmed in a statement today, Monday, that the talks, in the first direct meeting between senior US officials and the Taliban since the extremist group seized power in the country, were ” frank and professional, ”and that the US side reiterated that the decision on the Taliban will depend on their actions, not just their words.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said the US delegation focused on concerns about the security, terrorism and safe passage of US citizens and other foreign and Afghan nationals, as well as on human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan life. company.
He added that the two sides also discussed “the provision by the United States of solid direct humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.
From Kabul (Associated press)
However, he did not say whether any agreements had been reached.
a base home
It should be noted that since the movement’s control over the capital Kabul in mid-August, Washington has placed among its top priorities the need to force the Taliban to pledge not to let Afghanistan again become a hotbed of al-Qaeda or other extremists.
The Taliban regained power 20 years after they were ousted in a US-led invasion for refusing to hand over al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. United.
Since then, Washington and other Western countries have faced difficult choices on the Afghan issue as a serious humanitarian crisis looms.
As the international community seeks to determine how to deal with the Taliban without giving the group the legitimacy it seeks, while ensuring the flow of humanitarian aid into the country.