Dhe United States and the Taliban expressed satisfaction with their first direct contact since the radical Islamists came to power in Afghanistan. The spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price, described the two-day talks that both sides had over the weekend in the Qatari capital Doha as “open and professional”. The head of the Taliban’s delegation, Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi, rated them as “positive”.
However, the issues raised by the two negotiating parties were different. For the Americans, questions of security and terrorism were in the foreground, as well as the safe departure of foreign nationals and Afghan local staff, as well as human rights and, in particular, the participation of women and girls in Afghan society, Price said. Before the start of the talks, which were classified as “pragmatic”, Washington had stated that the meeting did not mean recognition of the rule of the Taliban.
Talked about humanitarian aid
The Qatari news channel Al Jazeera reported that humanitarian aid had been discussed. The Taliban said they would support the work of humanitarian organizations in Afghanistan. Specifically, the Taliban called on the United States to release frozen funds from the Afghan state and remove the names of several senior Taliban members from the terrorist list.
A German delegation also negotiated with senior Taliban representatives in Qatar about safe exit options for people in Afghanistan, “for whom Germany bears a special responsibility”. The Foreign Office announced on Monday evening. During the talks, the “observance of human and, in particular, women’s rights, the inclusive design of the political and social process as well as questions of security and the terrorist threat from Afghan soil” were discussed. The delegation had once again emphasized that “with a view to future engagement, the German government will measure the Taliban by their deeds and not by their words”.
The Taliban hoped that talks like the one in Doha would legitimize their rule, Habiba Sarabi told FAZ . The rule of the Taliban has no legitimacy due to the violent seizure of power. The Americans had two goals in direct contact, says Sarabi, who currently lives in Turkey.
On the one hand, they wanted to prevent the Taliban from getting closer to China and Russia, and on the other hand, they wanted to correct their mistakes, which would have made it possible for the Taliban to come to power by now trying to moderate the Taliban.