Taliban reveal agenda in talks with US

On October 9 and 10, a US delegation will meet with representatives of the Taliban government in Doha (Qatar), marking the first face-to-face meeting since the US completely withdrew from Afghanistan and the Taliban took power. permission.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid at a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 7, 2021. Photo: THX
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid at a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 7, 2021. Photo: THX

The high-level US delegation will include officials from the State Department, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and representatives of the intelligence community. US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who for many years led US-Taliban talks and was a key figure in peace talks with the group, will not be in the delegation.

A Taliban source familiar with the matter said the agenda of the talks would include sanctions, the reopening of the US Embassy in Kabul and the formation of a comprehensive government. "Reopening the US Embassy, ​​lifting sanctions and forming a comprehensive government will be on the agenda," the source said.

America's two-decade-long war in Afghanistan ended in August, with an airlift of more than 124,000 people, including citizens of the United States, Afghanistan and other countries.

The US side is expected to push the Taliban to ensure the safe passage of US citizens and others leaving Afghanistan, and release an American citizen. In addition, the US has a top priority to ask the Taliban to keep its commitment not to let Afghanistan again become a "hotspot" for Al-Qaeda or other extremists.

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