Taliban's first official meeting with EU and US

The Foreign Minister of the Taliban government has met representatives of Western countries

Taliban's first official meeting with EU and US
Taliban's first official meeting with EU and US

Talks are taking place between the European Union, the US, and the Taliban in the midst of a deepening humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Since taking power in August 2021, the Taliban have been trying to improve international relations and gain recognition. In this episode, a team led by Amir Khan Mutaqi, Foreign Minister of the Taliban government, has met representatives of Western countries and people of Afghan civil society. This meeting, which took place in the Norwegian capital Oslo, is the first time the Taliban has held official talks with Western countries in Europe. This meeting is of great importance to the Taliban. In addition to gaining international recognition, he also wants to get back billions of dollars from the Afghan government frozen in the US and Europe. Afghanistan is currently facing a major humanitarian crisis. The lack of food and winter has made the situation worse. Regarding the meeting, Taliban representative Saifullah Azam said it was "a step towards recognition of the Afghan (Taliban) government", although host Norway has denied such claims.

Norway's Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfelt clarified that the meeting was not meant to give recognition or legitimacy to the Taliban. So far no country in the world has recognized the Taliban government in Afghanistan. There is no money to run the country, 80 percent of Afghanistan's budget comes from international aid. From January 24, the representatives of the Taliban will meet representatives of the US, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, and the European Union. Their goal will be to get back the money frozen by the Afghan government in these countries. America alone has frozen about 10 billion dollars. Taliban representative Saifullah Azam said that the international community should come forward to help in the crisis created in Afghanistan by starvation and deadly winter and Afghans should not be left to suffer because of political issues. Some time ago the Taliban administration got some relief from the United Nations. He allowed the Taliban to pay for imports and electricity supply.

Western countries will also put some conditions in return for funding the Taliban. It is believed that women's rights and the conditions for giving minority religious and tribal groups a share in power in Afghanistan will be the main ones. The US State Department has also said that the new political system, humanitarian crisis, economic crisis, and women's rights will be discussed with the Taliban. Since coming to power, the Taliban have imposed a number of restrictions on Afghan women. Women are not allowed to work in any field other than health and education. Girls are prohibited from studying beyond the sixth grade. The Taliban have consistently targeted civil rights groups and journalists since coming to power. Some hope, in some opposition, this meeting of Western countries and Taliban has also been protested by some people gathered outside the Foreign Ministry of Norway.