In these conversations, both administrations have addressed aspects related to security, terrorism and a “safe” exit out of Afghanistan.
Members of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan held a meeting this weekend in the Qatari capital, Doha, with a delegation from the United States, where they discussed the delivery of “solid humanitarian assistance” for the Afghan people.
“The two sides have discussed the provision of solid humanitarian assistance by the United States directly to the Afghan people,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
In these conversations, which Washington has classified as “frank and professional”, both administrations have dealt with aspects related to security and terrorism, as well as the “safe” exit out of Afghanistan by US citizens and other nationalities.
Similarly, US envoys have stressed the importance of guaranteeing Human Rights, as well as the “meaningful” participation of women and girls in “all aspects” of Afghan society.
For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, Amir Jan Muttaqui, has demanded that the United States not “destabilize” his government and has invited the US Administration to “open a new page” in its relations.
“We have clearly told them that trying to destabilize the government in Afghanistan is not good for anyone”, defended Muttaqui, according to the Afghan news agency Bakhtar, according to ‘Doha News’.
Recently, the Taliban have promised to tackle the corruption of the previous government to gain the trust of the population and have asked the United States to unfreeze its funds held abroad (about 9,000 million dollars) to facilitate the transition of power
“Afghanistan is now going through a special phase, and the wealth of the Afghans must be unfrozen to solve their problems,” said Muttaqi. The United States froze the funds following the culmination of the Taliban’s reconquest of the country with the seizure of power over the capital, Kabul, on August 15.
This was the first meeting between the two administrations after the withdrawal of international troops from Afghan territory, although a State Department official recently assured CNN that the meeting does not imply recognition or confer legitimacy on the Taliban.
Lack of security
After the meeting, the administrations of the United States and the United Kingdom have warned their nationals on Monday that they should avoid hotels in the Afghan capital of Kabul, especially the well-known Serena.
“American citizens who are in or near the Hotel Serena should leave immediately,” the State Department said, citing “security threats” in the area.
The Serena is Kabul’s best-known luxury hotel and was popular with foreign visitors before the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15. And he has already been attacked twice by extremists.