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A one-on-one meeting between the US and the Taliban is going to be held for the first time since the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. The US is about to hold its first personal talks over the weekend with senior Taliban leaders in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Regarding this meeting, agencies say that its purpose will be to ease the process of expelling foreign nationals and at-risk Afghans from Afghanistan.
However, the US insisted that the meeting on Saturday and Sunday did not indicate that it was recognizing the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “We are clear that the Taliban should be legitimized by its actions.” The Associated Press quoted an official as saying that talks over the weekend would focus on Taliban leaders’ commitments to allow Americans and other foreign nationals to leave Afghanistan. Along with this, Afghans working with America will also be allowed to leave the country.
America will pressurize Taliban for women’s rights
A State Department spokesman said the US wanted to pressure the Taliban to uphold the rights of women and girls. Many women and girls in Afghanistan have been barred from returning to jobs and schools. “We will pressure the Taliban to form an inclusive government with broad support and respect for the rights of all Afghans, including women and girls,” she said. “Afghanistan is facing a serious economic situation and a potential humanitarian crisis,” the spokesman said. In such a situation, we will also put pressure on the Taliban to allow humanitarian agencies to go to the areas of need.
Dozens of Americans stranded in Afghanistan
According to the AFP report, the spokesperson did not say who would represent the two sides. Earlier, senior US officials, including the head of the Central Command, General Frank McKenzie, met with the Taliban in Kabul in August. During this, American troops occupied the airport for airlift. According to the spokesperson, on Thursday, 105 US citizens and 95 green-card holders were taken out of the country on flights sent by the US. The US State Department said that dozens of US citizens and green-card holders are stranded in the country.
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