Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban government on Sunday (10/10) said discussions between it and the United States in Qatar were “going well” and “honest”.
The meeting was the first face-to-face meeting at a senior level since the group seized power after US troops withdrew in late August.
“Detailed discussions on all relevant issues were held at the meeting, and various efforts will be made to improve diplomatic relations,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said in a statement after the meeting.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price in a statement released late Sunday (10/10) confirmed that talks with the Taliban were “honest and professional,” adding that “the Taliban will be judged on their actions, not just their words.”
Other issues discussed included “security concerns and terrorism and safe travel for US citizens, other nationals and our Afghan national partners, as well as human rights concerns, including the important participation of women and girls in all aspects of society. Afghanistan,” the statement added.
Price’s statement said the U.S. and the Taliban “discussed U.S. requirements on direct humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.”
Shaheen, a spokesman for the Doha-based Taliban and the Taliban’s representative at the UN, said “the US representative stated that they will provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, will provide facilities for other humanitarian organizations to deliver aid.”
The meeting began Saturday (9/10) in the Qatari capital, Doha. (vm/ah)