A delegation from the Taliban will meet today, Tuesday, in Doha, European and American officials, According to what was announced Monday by Amir Khan Muttaki, the foreign minister in the Taliban government.
European Union spokeswoman Nabila Masrali said US and European officials would meet with representatives of the new authorities in Afghanistan for Qatari-mediated talks in Doha.
She added that the meeting would allow the US and European sides to address issues including providing safe passage for those wishing to leave, ensuring humanitarian access, respecting women’s rights, and avoiding Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorist groups.
Also, Masrali made it clear that the informal meeting will take place at the technical level and does not constitute recognition of the transitional government.
For his part, European Union Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said that the bloc looks forward to strengthening its direct aid to the Afghan people in an effort to prevent the country from collapsing.
“We cannot just wait and see what happens. We have to act, we must act quickly,” Borrell said after talks with European development ministers.
The international community faces the delicate task of providing emergency aid to the Afghan people without providing any support for the Taliban’s rule.
Guterres said in an interview with the media, that he was “particularly disturbed by the failure of the Taliban to fulfill the promises they made to Afghan women and girls.”
Guterres stressed the key role of women, saying, “Without them, there is no chance for the Afghan economy and society to recover.”
Candid and professional conversations
The Taliban held, Saturday and Sunday, meetings With the United States in Qatar, where Washington described the talks as professional and frank.
The Taliban also announced that the meetings resulted in the United States agreeing to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, but it refused political recognition of the new Taliban rulers of the country.
It is noteworthy that since the movement’s control of the capital Kabul in mid-August, Washington has placed among its top priorities the need to compel the Taliban to its pledge not to allow Afghanistan to become again a hotbed for al-Qaeda or other extremists.
A Taliban fighter in Kabul (archive – AFP)
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 in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Since then, Washington and other Western countries have faced difficult choices regarding the Afghan file, with a severe humanitarian crisis looming on the horizon.
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.