The first in-person meeting between senior US representatives and the Taliban since the Islamist extremist group came to power in Afghanistan was “open and professional,” according to the US. During the talks in Doha, the US delegation focused on issues of security and terrorism, on the safe exit of US citizens and other foreign and Afghan nationals, and on human rights compliance.
The US State Department also stated that the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society was addressed. However, the US side reiterated that the Taliban will be judged based on their actions, not just their words. According to the ministry, the two sides also discussed providing comprehensive humanitarian aid.
The United States left Afghanistan in August after two decades under an agreement with the Islamists. The country is facing a supply crisis and an economic crisis.
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