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US delegation to meet Taliban: report

An American delegation will meet him. Taliban Officials in Doha, Qatar, in the first private meeting between the United States and the United States on Saturday and Sunday. Taliban Since the withdrawal of US forces in late August. Afghanistan.

Attend the meeting, first reported by Reuters. State agencyDeputy Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Tom West and USAID Humanitarian Aid Administrator Sarah Charles.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. TalibanThe delegation, senior administration officials told Reuters that cabinet-level members Taliban There will be attendance.

A. State agency The spokesman confirmed the meeting to the Washington Times on Saturday.

One of our key priorities is safe passage. Afghanistan For American and other foreign nationals and Afghans with whom we have a special attachment who want to leave the country. Taliban On its commitment not to allow terrorists to become a threat to the security of the United States or its allies on Afghan soil. We will reaffirm that we will continue to do so. Taliban On its promises, “the spokesman said.

Of State agency He clarified that the two-day meeting was not about “recognition or legalization” and said “any legal status should be achieved through it.” TalibanYour actions. ”

This is how the meeting comes about. Afghanistan There is an immediate financial and humanitarian crisis.

“We are in a very precarious position at the moment to help women, girls and the average Afghan,” Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John F. Sopko told a House panel on Wednesday.

He said the United States and the international community face a difficult path in providing assistance to the Afghan people in a time of humanitarian and economic catastrophe.

“First of all, we have lost the ability to know how bad things are for women and girls, as well as for many other Afghans,” she testified. “But we don’t have much of an advantage.”

Mr Sopko said it was important to make sure. Taliban Responsible for any assurances offered in return for international assistance.

“If we have any funding, and I’m not advocating that we give a penny. Taliban Government; remember what they want, ”said Mr. Sopko. “And how do we make sure that if we give them something, we get something in return?”

Of State agency The spokesman said the United States would “suppress”. Taliban So that humanitarian organizations can be allowed free access to areas of need. Taliban Respect the rights of all Afghans.

Talks have also taken place amid the deteriorating security situation. Afghanistan ISIL has claimed responsibility for recent attacks in which a suicide bomber struck a mosque in Kunduz on Friday, killing 46 people.

On saturday TalibanSpokesman Sohail Shaheen told the Associated Press Taliban It will not coordinate with the United States in the fight against ISIS. Taliban Terrorists can deal with the group “freely”.

– This article is partly based on wire reporting.

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