New Delhi: A United States representative official is set to travel to Qatar over the weekend to meet with senior Taliban officials. The announcement was made on Friday by the US State Department.
This will be the first in-person meeting between the two nations since the US withdrawal from Afghan soil in August.
The high-level meeting will involve officials from the State Department, Central Intelligence, and the US Agency for International Development.
“This meeting is a continuation of the pragmatic engagements with the Taliban on issues of US vital national interest,” Ned Prince, State Department Spokesperson said reporters.
During the announcement, the spokesperson said it is “not about granting recognition or conferring legitimacy.”
Ned Prince stated the major priorities of the meeting, i.e. to continue the safe passage of US nationals as well as foreign nationals and Afghans who are seeking to leave Afghanistan.
In the meeting, US officials will also press the Taliban to form an inclusive government, allow humanitarian free access to areas of need, and respect women’s rights, the spokesperson said.
Ever since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, there are very few nations like Pakistan and China who have shown their interest in establishing ties with the Taliban. Different members of the international community are looking forward to adopting a wait and watch policy.