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US Taliban Relations: US Special Envoy to Meet Ruling Afghan Group Taliban in Doha

US Taliban Relations: US State Department has announced that a special envoy will meet with the Taliban Officials in Doha, Qatar this week. Diplomats from both countries will discuss various humanitarian and other critical issues.

Washington to meet Taliban

USA representative Thomas West and US Special envoy for Afghan Women, Girls and Human Rights, Rina Amiri will meet the ruling Afghan Taliban representative. According to their itinerary, West and Amiri will hold discussion on Afghanistan with the representative of Central Asian countries; Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan before meeting with the Taliban officials.

West and Amiri will discuss critical interest in Afghanistan during their meeting with the Taliban representatives and other Afghan ministry officials. Their priority issues will entail humanitarian support for people of Afghanistan, economic stabilization, fair and equal treatment for everyone, including women and girls. Further, issues of security and trafficking of narcotics are to be discussed between the representatives.

Taliban Actions in Past Year

Amid USA withdrawal in August 2021 after their 20 years “war on terror” in Afghanistan, the Taliban took over the control of Afghanistan as the west-backed government of Ashraf Ghani collapsed. After taking over the control of Afghanistan, Taliban has banned women from attending universities and prohibited girls to study past the sixth grade. Earlier in June, Taliban has imposed ban on women’s beauty parlors and salons. Taliban has been condemned internationally over the egregious human rights abuses and the marginalization of Afghan women and girls.

Washington is cautious with the meeting

According to the State Department, the meeting in Qatar Capital, Doha does not reflect for legitimate recognition of Taliban or change in position for towards Afghanistan.

“We have been very clear that we will engage with the Taliban appropriately when it is in our interest to do so,” Spokesperson from State Department told media. Further adding, the spokesperson said, “This is not intended to mean any indication of recognition, or any kind of indication of legitimacy for the Taliban.”

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