It will likely be the second spherical of talks between the US and Taliban in Qatar for the reason that group took over Afghanistan in August.
The USA is ready to renew talks with the Taliban subsequent week in Qatar, discussing the humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan and steps to make sure that the nation doesn’t change into a “launchpad” for “terrorism”, US State Division Spokesman Ned Value has stated.
The US delegation will probably be led by the US particular consultant for Afghanistan, Tom West, for the deliberate two weeks of discussions, Value stated on Tuesday.
“They’ll focus on… our important nationwide curiosity with regards to Afghanistan. That features counterterrorism, that features secure passage for US residents and for Afghans to whom we have now a particular dedication, and that features humanitarian help and the financial state of affairs of the nation,” Value instructed reporters.
West, who changed Zalmay Khalilzad within the position in October, had most lately met with Taliban representatives in Pakistan in early November.
Earlier than taking up the position, he had additionally met with Taliban officers in Qatar as a part of a US delegation. That session was held from October 9 to10, within the Qatari capital Doha, as US diplomats sought to develop casual relations with the brand new Taliban authorities.
US officers had beforehand spent months negotiating with a Taliban delegation in Qatar, reaching a deal in February of 2020 that preceded the US withdrawal and eventual Taliban takeover.
The Taliban then took management of the nation in mid-August of this yr, days earlier than US and worldwide troops withdrew from Afghanistan 20 years after a army invasion toppled the Taliban regime within the wake of the September 11, 2001, assaults.
The US has not formally recognised the Taliban authorities however introduced in early November that Qatar would function Washington’s diplomatic consultant within the nation.
The US has repeatedly laid out circumstances for the Taliban to obtain monetary and diplomatic assist from Washington: struggle “terrorism”, set up an inclusive authorities, respect the rights of minorities, ladies and ladies, and supply equal entry to schooling and employment.
Envoy West final week stated the US deliberate to proceed to dialogue with the Taliban however for now, it could present solely humanitarian support.
The Taliban, in the meantime, have more and more referred to as on the US to launch $9.5bn in frozen belongings.
Afghanistan’s aid-dependent economic system has successfully collapsed – with civil servants unpaid for months and the treasury unable to pay for imports.
In a letter to the US Congress, Taliban Overseas Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi final week warned that the nation’s monetary insecurity would proceed to worsen an ongoing humanitarian disaster that might immediate additional mass migration.