Today, Saturday, the Taliban ruled out cooperation with the United States to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan and took a hard line on a major issue, in light of The first direct talks between the two former opponents Since America pulled out of the country last August.
Senior Taliban officials and representatives of the United States will meet on Saturday and Sunday in the Qatari capital, Doha. Officials on both sides said issues to be discussed included the containment of extremist groups and the evacuation of foreign and Afghan nationals from the country. The Taliban have been flexible about evacuations.
Taliban delegation to Doha in 2020 before signing agreement with Washington (archives)
Today, on Saturday, Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told The Associated Press that there would be no cooperation with Washington in pursuing ISIS’s branch in Afghanistan.
In response to a question as to whether the The Taliban will work with the United States To contain ISIS, Shaheen said: “We are able to confront ISIS independently.”
ISIS has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including Suicide bomb kills 46 and injures dozens Praying in a mosque. in Kunduz yesterday.
ISIS has carried out several deadly attacks since its emergence in eastern Afghanistan in 2014. The extremist organization is also seen as the greatest threat to the United States.
Damage caused by ISIS attack on mosque in Kunduz yesterday
The weekend’s meetings in Doha are the first since US forces withdrew from Afghanistan in late August, ending a 20-year military presence and the rise to power of the Taliban in the country. The United States has made it clear that the talks are not a prelude to recognition of the movement.
The talks follow two days of difficult discussions between Pakistani officials and US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in Islamabad.
Afghanistan was also at the center of these talks. Pakistani officials have urged the United States to reach out to the new Afghan leadership and release billions of dollars in international funds to prevent economic collapse in Afghanistan.
Pakistan also sent a letter to the Taliban urging them to become more inclusive and to pay attention to human rights and ethnic and religious minorities.