D.The United States has announced the first private talks with the radical Islamic Taliban since its withdrawal from Afghanistan. The U.S. delegation will meet with senior Taliban representatives in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on Saturday and Sunday, according to a U.S. State Department spokesman.
However, the State Department stressed that the meeting did not mean that the United States would recognize Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Rather, it is a continuation of “practical” talks about questions of national interest in the United States. “We still believe that the Taliban should gain their legitimacy through their own actions,” the spokesman said. It is not yet clear who will represent both sides.
The United States warns of a humanitarian crisis
“We urge the Taliban to respect all the rights of Afghanistan, including women and girls, and to form a government with broad support,” the spokesman said. With Afghanistan Severe economic downturn and “potential humanitarian crisis” “We also urge the Taliban to provide free access to areas where humanitarian organizations are needed,” he said. The United States wants to work to ensure that the Taliban guarantee the eviction of U.S. citizens and former local employees.
It said it was “in compliance with the Taliban’s obligation not to allow terrorists to use Afghan soil to endanger the security of the United States or its allies.”
After the withdrawal of NATO troops, the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in mid-August and have been fighting for the international recognition of their government ever since. The United States has been in contact with the Taliban since the subsequent expulsion. At the time, General Frank McKenzie, the commander of the U.S. Armed Forces Central Command, was meeting with Taliban officials when US forces were arranging a large-scale flight to Kabul airport.
According to the United States, the Taliban have so far largely cooperated in the evacuation of American citizens. However, the US government has acknowledged that most Afghan workers do not want to leave the country on emergency flights.
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