The Afghan Taliban met with a joint delegation from the United States and the European Union in Doha (Qatar) on Tuesday 12 October. On the same day, the European Union pledged at a virtual G20 summit hosted by Italy to provide one billion euros in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, where the Taliban seized power on 15 August. Faced with a crumbling economy and a serious humanitarian crisis, the Taliban are seeking international support.
Direct talks in Doha between the Taliban, representatives of the European Union and the United States were facilitated by Qatar. They should “allow the United States and Europeans to address issues” such as freedom of movement, humanitarian aid and access to women’s rights for those wishing to leave Afghanistan, according to the Doors. European Union term, Nabila Maserli. At the opening of the G20 summit, the EU pledged one billion euros, part of which is for immediate humanitarian needs and for Afghanistan’s neighbours, who hosted Afghans fleeing the Taliban.
There are also plans for “vaccination, shelter, as well as special assistance for the protection of civilians and human rights”, she said. “We must do everything in our power to avoid humanitarian collapse and major socio-economic in Afghanistan”, blurred European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
The White House said the G20 leaders reaffirmed their pledge to bring humanitarian aid to Kabul, recalling that they remained “extremely focused” on the fight against terrorism. The head of the Italian Council, Mario Draghi, stressed that the G20 envisages “a common mandate” at the United Nations to oversee the international response to Afghanistan’s socio-economic problems. But according to him, it is still “too early” for the Taliban to be recognized, although “some sort of involvement” on their part would be necessary to provide aid to their country. France was “concerned about the country’s economic isolation” and “600,000 displaced persons”, factors that could have “destabilizing effects”.
Ahead of the Doha talks, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said the EU was above all seeking to prevent the “collapse” of Afghanistan. On October 9, in Doha, the Taliban met with US officials, their first face-to-face since taking power in Kabul. His foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaki, then called on the United States to establish “good relations”, not “to undermine the current Afghan government”.
In response to the September 11 attacks planned by the al-Qaeda network from Afghanistan, the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and brought down the Taliban. American troops withdrew in late August. More than 100,000 people were evacuated from Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power, fearing abuse or retaliation from the country’s new masters.
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