Digital Desk, Kabul. The foreign ministry of the caretaker Taliban government in Afghanistan said on Monday that talks with the US would continue if necessary. A Taliban delegation led by Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki met a US inter-agency delegation in Doha, Qatar, over the weekend, Xinhua news agency reported.
The two-day talks between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) and the US delegation went well, the ministry said in a statement. During the meeting, political issues were discussed in detail to solve the problems and the full implementation of the Doha Agreement was considered by the Islamic Emirate as the best way. According to the statement, US representatives said that the US will provide humanitarian assistance to Afghans and provide facilities to provide assistance to other humanitarian organizations.
Humanitarian aid should not be linked to political issues, the statement said. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IAE) welcomes the US aid and will cooperate with charitable groups in providing humanitarian assistance and facilitate the in-principle movement of foreign nationals, the statement said. All relevant issues were discussed in detail during the meeting and efforts should be made to restore diplomatic relations for a better state.
“The meeting in which the talks took place clearly was considered a good opportunity for understanding and it was agreed that such meetings would continue in future also,” the ministry statement said. The meeting marks the first personal meeting between the US and Taliban officials since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in late August, which has led to the Taliban taking full control of the country. The Taliban government’s statement came hours after the US State Department said the talks were clear and professional.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a readout on Sunday that the US delegation focused on issues of security and terrorism, safe passage for US citizens, other foreign nationals and Afghan partners, as well as human rights and humanitarian aid. Is. Price noted that the US delegation reiterated that the Taliban would be judged not only by their actions, but also by their words.
The Taliban delegation also urged the US side to respect the sovereignty of Afghanistan’s airspace and not interfere in its affairs. He emphasized on humanitarian assistance and the implementation of all provisions of the Doha Agreement concluded between the two sides in February 2020. The State Department said on Friday that the meeting in Doha is a continuation of a practical engagement between the two sides, but does not provide recognition or legitimacy to the Taliban, which occupied Afghanistan in mid-August and early September and formed an interim government. announced.