11 Oct. 2021 12:01 p.m.
The Taliban announced that following talks in Qatar, Washington agreed to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. However, the militia insists that this aid should not be conditional. Washington is cautiously optimistic.
In a statement released after two days of talks with US government officials in Doha, Qatar, the Taliban said the US had pledged to “provide humanitarian aid to Afghans and allow other humanitarian organizations to deliver aid Afford”.
The Taliban “welcome” the aid, but stress that any aid “should not be linked to political issues”.
Representatives of the USA and the Taliban discussed “all relevant issues” at the weekend meeting, the group reports, without giving any further details. Earlier, Taliban-appointed Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi had told the media that both sides had agreed to continue to adhere to the terms of the 2020 Doha Agreement, which the administration of former US President Donald Trump negotiated with the militia was.
As part of the agreement, the US has undertaken to withdraw all NATO troops from Afghanistan, while the Taliban have promised not to allow terrorists to take the areas they control.
The Taliban described the first talks with the US since the troop withdrawal in August as “open”. It was emphasized that the parties will continue to meet in the future if this should arise.
Despite the incumbent US administration’s refusal to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, the group said it was ready to improve relations with Washington. The appeal came less than two months after the collapse of the US-backed Afghan government and the chaotic evacuation of US citizens and Afghan allies from Kabul, thousands of whom were left behind by Washington.
Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Afghan Foreign Ministry said:
“Efforts should be made to bring diplomatic relations back to a better level.”
The US State Department adopted a similarly optimistic tone and described the talks as “open and professional”. It added, however, that the US would not take the Taliban at their word. In a poorly detailed statement, State Department spokesman Ned Price said “security and terrorism issues,” the evacuation of stranded US citizens and allies, and women’s rights dominated the meeting’s agenda.
On the issue of humanitarian aid, Price said it was being “provided directly to the Afghan people”.
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