The United States has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, which is close to an economic catastrophe, but refuses to politically recognize the country’s new rulers, the Taliban announced this Sunday.
The statement came at the end of the first direct talks between former enemies since the chaotic withdrawal of US troops in late August.
The United States has not made any comments on this weekend’s meeting.
The Taliban said the talks, held in Doha, Qatar, “went well” and announced that Washington will provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, after making it clear that such assistance is not linked to formal recognition of the Taliban as a new power in Kabul.
Furthermore, Washington was keen to stress that the talks were not a preamble to the recognition of the Taliban, who came to power on Aug. 15 after the collapse of the US-backed Afghan government.
Taliban political spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, told the Associated Press that the movement’s interim foreign minister assured the United States during the talks that the Taliban are committed to ensuring that Afghan land is not used by extremists. to launch attacks against other countries.
This Saturday, however, the Taliban scrapped cooperation with Washington to curb the activities of the radical group Islamic State (EI), which is increasingly active in Afghanistan.
IS, an enemy of the Taliban, has claimed responsibility for a series of recent attacks, including a suicide bombing this Friday that killed 46 minority Shiite Muslims. Washington considers ISIS the biggest terrorist threat coming from Afghanistan.
“We are able to face Daesh alone [acrónimo árabe do movimento]”, Shaheen said, when asked whether the Taliban would collaborate with the United States to curb the Islamic State’s dependence on Afghanistan.
US officials were expected to put pressure on the Taliban to allow US nationals and others to leave Afghanistan.
The Taliban made it known in the statement released today, without elaborating, that “they will facilitate the movement of foreign citizens based on principles”.