The U.S. has agreed to offer humanitarian support to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the point of an financial catastrophe, whereas refusing to provide political recognition to the nation’s new Taliban rulers, the Taliban stated in a press release.
The assertion got here on the finish of the primary direct talks between the previous foes for the reason that chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops on the finish of August.
The U.S. assertion was much less definitive, saying solely that the 2 sides “discussed the United States’ provision of robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people.”
The Taliban stated the talks held in Doha, Qatar, “went well,” with Washington releasing up humanitarian support to Afghanistan after agreeing to not hyperlink such help to formal recognition of the Taliban.
The United States made it clear that the talks have been by no means a preamble to recognition of the Taliban, who swept into energy Aug. 15 after the U.S.-allied authorities collapsed.
State Department spokesman Ned Price known as the discussions “candid and professional,” with the U.S. facet reiterating that the Taliban will probably be judged on their actions, not solely their phrases.
“The U.S. delegation focused on security and terrorism concerns and safe passage for U.S. citizens, other foreign nationals and our Afghan partners, as well as on human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society,” he stated in a press release.
Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen additionally instructed The Associated Press that the motion’s interim overseas minister assured the U.S. in the course of the talks that the Taliban are dedicated to seeing that Afghan soil just isn’t utilized by extremists to launch assaults towards different nations.
On Saturday, the Taliban dominated out cooperation with Washington on containing the more and more lively Islamic State group in Afghanistan.
The group, an enemy of the Taliban, has claimed duty for plenty of current assaults, together with Friday’s suicide bombing that killed 46 minority Shia Muslims. Washington considers Islamic State its best terrorist menace emanating from Afghanistan.
“We are able to tackle Daesh independently,” Shaheen stated when requested whether or not the Taliban would work with the US to include the Islamic State affiliate. He used an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.