October 18, 2021

The United States will hold personal talks with the Taliban for the first time since the Afghan withdrawal.

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The State Department said the United States and the Taliban would hold private talks for the first time since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, starting Saturday.

The US delegation will meet the senior in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on Saturday and Sunday. Taliban Representative, State Department spokesman said.

The United States has been in contact with the Taliban since the capture of longtime enemies. bill to. This is the first face-to-face meeting since US troops withdrew in August.

“We will put pressure on the Taliban to respect the rights of all Afghans, including women and girls, and to form a comprehensive government with broad support,” the spokesman said on Friday.

“As Afghanistan faces a severe economic contraction and a potential humanitarian crisis, we will also put pressure on the Taliban to allow humanitarian aid agencies free access to areas of need,” he said.

The State Department stressed that the meeting did not indicate that the United States was recognizing Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

“We are clear that any legitimacy must be achieved through the Taliban’s own actions,” the spokesman said.

Let American citizens go.

The American team will also press. President Joe Biden.Leaving the country is a key priority for American citizens and Afghan allies during the 20-year military operation.

The United States says the Taliban have largely helped evacuate American citizens. According to US officials, there are about 100 remaining, mostly American citizens with roots in Afghanistan who have not decided whether to leave or not.

But the United States acknowledges that it has not been able to evacuate most of the Afghan allies who wanted to get off the plane in a hurry, evacuating thousands of people from Kabul before evacuation.

The spokesman did not say who would represent the two sides. Senior US officials, including Central Command chief General Frank McKenzie, met with the Taliban in Kabul in August when US troops seized control of the airport.

(AFP)

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