Afghanistan | Taliban ask US and EU for “constructive” cooperation and end sanctions

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The Taliban have met this Tuesday in Doha with delegations from the United States, the European Union and other Western countries, and have asked them to carry out a “constructive” cooperation with the end of the sanctions since the “instability” of the country ” it doesn’t interest anyone.

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The delegations have held a meeting with the Foreign Minister of the Taliban Government in the Central Asian country, Amir Jan Muttaqi, who has asserted that the “weakening” of the current Afghan Executive “does not benefit anyone” because its “negative effects will directly affect to the world on security and migration ”, according to a statement released by the Taliban spokesman, Zabihulá Mujahid.

Muttaqi has asserted that the Government has the “priority” of paying the salaries of previous months to half a million Afghan civil servants and resuming new economic projects, for which he has requested international financial assistance and an end to existing sanctions.

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Specifically, he has demanded that banks be allowed to operate “normally” so that humanitarian and government organizations “can pay salaries to their staff with their own reserves.”

For his part, the spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price, indicated in a press conference that issues such as “safe passage, the importance of counterterrorism and the imperative of respecting the Human rights”.

Price has specified that the meeting this Tuesday with the Taliban together with the EU and other countries – Germany, France, Norway, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Switzerland and Spain – has been organized by the Government of Qatar and issues similar to those discussed in Washington meetings with militia leaders over the weekend have been discussed.

Regarding those conversations, he reiterated that they were “sincere, professional, commercial and largely positive” and that the United States took the opportunity to make it “clear” to the Taliban that “they will be judged not only by their words, but solely by their actions.” , an issue for which the Taliban’s requests for the unfreezing of the Afghan Central Bank’s reserves will not be answered for the time being.

In the different meetings, Washington also focused on the “shared threat” of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP), he explained.

Regarding support for the Afghan people, he pointed to “a certain consensus” between the parties regarding humanitarian aid “and stressed that for the fight against COVID-19, the United States will send 3.3 million doses to Afghanistan.

For its part, the European Union has insisted that the insurgents facilitate the evacuations of people who want to leave Afghanistan and allow the arrival of humanitarian aid, given the famine that threatens broad layers of society.

According to the EU Foreign spokesperson, Nabila Massrali, the meeting with the Afghan interim government served to send a message of commitment to the Afghan people in the face of the crisis that is ravaging the country.

Spoken by the EU’s special representative for Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson, the European bloc put on the table that the Taliban must ensure freedom of movement, which will be key to facilitating evacuations, and allowing humanitarian access and international aid shipments. .

He also insisted that Afghanistan fight terrorism and not become a base for international jihadist organizations and compose an inclusive and representative Executive.


On the other hand, Price has advanced that Ambassador John Bass will be replaced by Ambassador Elizabeth Jones as responsible for relocation efforts in Afghanistan. Jones will now focus on the “complex issue” of facilitating the relocation and resettlement to the United States of Afghans with whom he has “a commitment.”

In this regard, the spokesman added that since the withdrawal of personnel from the Central Asian country on August 31, a “couple of thousand” Afghans have left with the “support” of Washington.

The “safe exit” of these and US citizens has been one of the main issues discussed with the Taliban in recent meetings since it is about some of the main requirements demanded by the US country.

“The imperative of a safe passage is one of those key metrics to judge our approach to any future government of Afghanistan in the future”, has added Price, who has pointed out that there are areas of conduct of the Taliban that “are regrettably deficient” .

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