/ 11 October 2021

Taliban not so cooperative

Image source: EPA
Image source: EPA

In the first talks since they seized control of Afghanistan in August, Taliban representatives have gathered in Doha to meet with US officials. On the agenda: humanitarian aid and the implementation of the agreement the Taliban signed with the US last year, which kickstarted America’s withdrawal. And the US wants assurances that Americans and other foreign nationals will be able to leave Afghanistan along with Afghans who once worked for Western nations. And there is one pressing issue – attacks by fighters aligned to Islamic State. The Taliban has ruled out US help saying it would be destabilising. The talks are ongoing as aid issues become urgent – there’s a lack of food, clean water and medicine just as winter arrives. 

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