Members of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan met with a US delegation in the Qatari capital Doha over the weekend to discuss the provision of “solid humanitarian aid” to the Afghan people.
“The two sides have discussed the United States’ provision of strong humanitarian aid directly to the Afghan people,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
In these talks, which Washington classified as “open and professional”, both governments dealt with aspects of security and terrorism as well as the “safe” exit of US citizens and other nationalities from Afghanistan.
Similarly, US envoys have stressed the importance of ensuring human rights and the “meaningful” participation of women and girls in “all aspects” of Afghan society.
For his part, the Foreign Minister of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, Amir Jan Muttaqui, calls for the US not to “destabilize” its government and calls on the US government to “turn a new page” in its relations.
“We have clearly told them that trying to destabilize the government in Afghanistan is not good for anyone,” Muttaqui defended Doha News, according to the Afghan news agency Bakhtar.
Recently, the Taliban promised to fight the previous government’s corruption to gain popular trust and asked the United States to release its overseas funds – about $ 9,000 million – to facilitate the transfer of power.
“Afghanistan is going through a special phase now and the wealth of the Afghans needs to be thawed out in order to solve their problems,” said Muttaqi.
The United States froze funds after the Taliban’s recapture of the country culminated in power over the capital, Kabul, on August 15.
This was the first meeting between the two governments after international troops had withdrawn from Afghan territory, despite a Foreign Ministry official recently assuring CNN that the meeting did not imply recognition or legitimacy of the Taliban.