Under-pressure Taliban to meet EU and US representatives today

The Taliban are holding "positive meetings" with representatives from other nations as well.

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Taliban's acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi at the foreign ministry in Kabul on the 14th of September, 2021, (Hoshang Hashmi / AFP)
Taliban’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi at the foreign ministry in Kabul on the 14th of September, 2021, (Hoshang Hashmi / AFP)

Due to the pressure to seek international support, the Taliban is to meet the representatives from the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) in Doha today (Tuesday).

This was revealed by the Taliban’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Monday.

Muttaqi disclosed that the Taliban are holding “positive meetings” with representatives from other nations as well.

The Taliban have already held meetings with German officials and a British parliamentarian.

He stressed that the Taliban seek “positive relationships” with the whole world, adding that these “balanced” relationships can “save Afghanistan from instability.

It is pertinent to note that the Taliban are seeking recognition as well as assistance in aid to avert a humanitarian disaster.

Meanwhile, the EU spokesperson Nabila Massrali confirmed that the meeting would take place.

However, she remarked that these talks are merely an “informal exchange at a technical level” and do not constitute recognition of the current ‘interim government’ in Afghanistan.

Massrali stressed that the two sides would discuss access to humanitarian aid and women’s rights, among other issues.

UN Secretary-General slams the Taliban

On the other hand, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Monday slammed the Taliban’s “broken” promises to Afghan women and girls on Monday.

Guterres’ remarks highlight the international attitude towards the Taliban government, particularly in regards to the Taliban’s attitudes towards women and girls.

The UN Secretary-General “strongly appealed” to the Taliban to keep their promises to Afghan women and girls to fulfill obligations under “international human rights and humanitarian law.”

He urged that there is “no way” for the Afghan society and economy to recover if the participation of women is left out.


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