A Taliban spokesperson revealed that the Taliban plans to discuss the United States’ recognition of its interim government, the thawing of assets and the reconstruction of Afghanistan in the upcoming talks with the United States in Doha, the capital of Qatar.
In an interview with Sputnik News Agency on Wednesday, Suhail Shaheen stated that the militant group is open to establishing positive relations with the United States in the future.
He suggested that Washington could also play a role in rebuilding war-torn Afghanistan and making direct investment in the country, unfreezing central bank reserves and recognizing the Taliban government.Shahin added “These are all issues to be discussed” In Doha.
Sanctions imposed on the Taliban by the United States and other countries will only exacerbate the humanitarian situation “And have a negative impact on people,” Shahin said.
“We must move from talking to practical steps,” Taliban spokesperson insist.
Shaheen’s comments follow Washington’s announcement on Tuesday that Tom West, the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan, will travel to Doha next week — the Taliban have a mission — to hold talks with the organization’s leadership. The negotiations in the capital of Qatar are expected to last for two weeks.
However, the meeting agenda set by State Department spokesperson Ned Price differed in many respects from the agenda announced by the Taliban spokesperson.
U.S. plans to resolve “Our important national interest in Afghanistan,” Price said, including anti-terrorism, the safe passage of American citizens, humanitarian assistance and the country’s economic situation.
West was a member of the U.S. delegation that met with Taliban officials in Doha in October—the first negotiations between Washington and militant groups since the United States and its allies withdrew from Afghanistan in chaos in late August.
Just a few weeks before the talks, the Taliban swept Afghanistan and occupied the capital Kabul, with little resistance from the Afghan army. During the two-year US intervention in the country, the US military had been training them to resist militants.
The withdrawal of foreign aid after the Taliban took over and the new international sanctions against the organization have dealt a huge blow to the country’s already troubled economy. As winter approaches, Afghanistan is on the brink of humanitarian disaster, with soaring food prices and drought putting millions of lives at risk.
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