US delegation meets Taliban in Qatar to talk security, rights

Monday October 11 2021
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. US officials have met with senior Taliban representatives in Qatar to discuss security and human rights in Afghanistan

By AFP

Washington. US officials have met with senior Taliban representatives in Qatar to discuss security and human rights in Afghanistan, the State Department said Sunday.

A US interagency delegation flew to Doha on Saturday and Sunday for talks "focused on security and terrorism concerns and safe passage for US citizens, other foreign nationals and our Afghan partners," according to State Department spokesman Ned Price.

Other areas of focus were "human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society," Price said in a statement.

The two sides also discussed "the United States' provision of robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people."

According to the State Department, the discussions were "candid and professional" and US officials reiterated that "the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words."

The Taliban are seeking international recognition, as well as assistance to avoid a humanitarian disaster, after they returned to power in August following the withdrawal of US troops following 20 years of war.

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