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US delegation meets with representatives of the Afghan Taliban in Qatar – State Bureau

FILE PHOTO: International talks on Afghanistan in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: Head of the Taliban delegation Abdul Salam Hanafi and other members of the delegation to international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko / Pool via REUTERS

December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. delegation led by Afghanistan’s special representative, Thomas West, held talks with senior representatives of the Afghan Taliban in Qatar on Monday and Tuesday, the US State Department said. said.

The two sides discussed the international community’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and the US delegation pledged to continue to support United Nations efforts to resolve the situation. know in a statement Tuesday.

US officials “expressed deep concern about the allegations of human rights abuses and called on the Taliban to protect the rights of all Afghans, uphold and enforce a policy of general amnesty, and take additional steps to form a representative and inclusive government,” the State Department said.

American officials called on the Taliban to fulfill its commitment to provide nationwide access to education at all levels for women and girls.

The State Department said: “Taliban expresses openness to engaging with the international community for full access to education and welcomes efforts to verify and monitor the progress of women’s enrollment and enrollment. girls at all educational levels.

It said the US delegation included representatives from the intelligence community, the Treasury Department and US international aid agency USAID, while “technocrats” were also involved on the Afghan side.

(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham and Kanishka Singh; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Sam Holmes)

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