After two days of negotiations between the United States and the Taliban, the former enemies, described as frank and professional by the US State Department, it appears that aid will return to the flow towards Afghanistan, which is mired in a suffocating economic crisis.
The Taliban announced that the United States had agreed to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, which lives in abject poverty and is on the brink of economic disaster, but it refused political recognition of the new Taliban rulers of the country.
The movement’s political spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, also told the Associated Press that the Taliban’s foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaki, assured the US delegation during the talks that took place Saturday and Sunday in Doha that the movement is committed to working on the Afghan lands not becoming a springboard for extremists to launch attacks on countries. other.
Mottaki also asked the US side to lift the ban imposed on the reserves of the Central Bank of Afghanistan.
In addition, he said that the two sides discussed “opening a new page” between the two countries, according to what was reported by Reuters.
For its part, the United States made clear that the talks were in no way a prelude to recognizing the Taliban, which came to power on August 15 after the collapse of the government allied to Washington.
Terrorism and women’s rights
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also confirmed in a statement today, Monday, that the talks, in the first direct meeting between senior US officials and the Taliban since the extremist group seized power in the country, were “frank and professional”, and that the US side stressed again that the ruling on the Taliban will depend on its actions, not just its words. .
State Department spokesman Ned Price said the US delegation focused on concerns about security, terrorism, and safe passage for US citizens and other foreign and Afghan nationals, as well as on human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society.
He added that the two sides also discussed “the United States’ provision of robust direct humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.
A hotbed of the base
It is noteworthy that since the movement’s control of the capital Kabul in mid-August, Washington has placed among its top priorities the need to compel the Taliban to its pledge not to allow Afghanistan to become again a hotbed for al-Qaeda or other extremists.
The Taliban regained power 20 years after they were ousted in a US-led invasion for refusing to hand over al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Since then, Washington and other Western countries have faced difficult choices regarding the Afghan file, as a severe humanitarian crisis looms large.
As the international community seeks to determine how to deal with the Taliban without giving the group the legitimacy it seeks, while ensuring the flow of humanitarian aid into the country.