Taliban Meeting with United States in Doha to Discuss Humanitarian Aid

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The United States and the Taliban had productive discussions on the issue of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan at a meeting in Qatar over the weekend, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Tuesday.

Officials discussed humanitarian access during a two-day meeting between Taliban representatives and US officials, including some from the intelligence community and the US Agency for International Development, according to the report. Reuters, October 13, 2021.

Ned Price said talks focused on issues of security and terrorism, safe passage for foreign nationals and Afghan allies from the United States to leave the country, and guarantees for human rights.

Girls prepare to enter a classroom at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 18, 2021. They are starting to return to school under Taliban rule. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

The United States has repeatedly demanded that the Taliban respect human rights, including the rights of women and girls, before the Taliban gained international legitimacy.

“The delegation made it clear, as we have consistently done, that the Taliban would ultimately be judged not just for its words but solely for its actions,” Price said.

A separate meeting with Taliban representatives involving EU officials as well as U.S. officials took place on Tuesday, Price continued.

Since the Taliban took power in August, the US has frozen bilateral aid to Afghanistan, but says it is still providing aid through non-governmental groups.

Some have also called for the United States to give the Afghan government reserves kept in the US to the new Taliban-led government to defuse the humanitarian crisis.

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