Afghanistan The first US-Taliban meeting after the fall of Kabul was held in Doha
Afghanistan The first US-Taliban meeting after the fall of Kabul was held in Doha

Afghanistan: The first US-Taliban meeting after the fall of Kabul was held in Doha

The United States has held face-to-face meetings with the Taliban for the first time since the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in August.

The meeting was held in Doha, Qatar today.

Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki said the two sides had agreed to uphold the February 2020 agreement.

In that agreement, the Taliban promised that they would not allow al-Qaeda to operate in areas under their control that would undermine the security of the United States and its allies.

Mr. Muttaki said the U.S. delegation had promised to help reach the Kovid vaccine and humanitarian aid.

He said the Taliban was interested in developing relations with the international community, but warned that one country should not interfere in another’s internal policy.

The US delegation has not yet commented on the meeting.

Ahead of the meeting, however, a State Department spokesman said the Taliban would use the meeting to press for respect for women’s rights, for all parties to form a government and for humanitarian agencies to operate.

The meeting will continue on Sunday.

Reuters quoted Al-Jazeera TV as saying that Taliban representatives had called for the lifting of US sanctions on Afghanistan’s central bank reserves during the meeting.

The Reuters report added that with the withdrawal of US-led forces and international donors from Afghanistan, the country has been deprived of a large amount of grants, which would have accounted for 75% of its government spending.

Ahead of the meeting, the United States said that sitting down for talks with the Taliban does not mean that it is recognizing the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

The first face-to-face meeting between Washington and the Taliban since the fall of Kabul was to discuss, among other things, the safe evacuation of US citizens and Afghans from Afghanistan.

The Taliban has denied any involvement with the United States in fighting Islamic State and other jihadist groups in Afghanistan.