German delegation negotiates with Taliban – talks with EU announced
German representatives spoke to senior Taliban on Monday. It was about the safe exit of people who are still in Afghanistan. The Islamists also want to negotiate with EU representatives.
NAfter a meeting with a German delegation in Doha, the Islamist Taliban in Afghanistan have announced talks with EU representatives for Tuesday. This meeting will also take place in Qatar’s capital, said the incumbent Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Chan Muttaki.
On Monday, German representatives met in Doha for talks with high-ranking Taliban, according to a spokesman for the Foreign Office. It was about “the possibility of safe and unhindered departure of people for whom Germany has a special responsibility,” said the spokesman on Monday evening. They also talked about 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”.
The German representatives declared again that “with a view to future engagement, the German government will measure the Taliban by their deeds and not by their words”.
At the weekend, for the first time since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, representatives of the US and the Taliban met in Doha in person. According to the US, the two-day talks focused on “security and terrorism issues”. Further focal points were the human rights situation and the “participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society”.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary General António Guterres denounced the Taliban’s “broken” promises to Afghan women and girls. “I urge the Taliban to keep their promises to women and girls and to fulfill their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law,” Guterres told reporters on Monday.
The Taliban came back to power in August around 20 years after the US and its allies invaded Afghanistan. Since then, the Islamists have endeavored to gain international recognition for their transitional government and to provide humanitarian aid to prevent a famine in the country that is dependent on foreign development funds. The heads of state and government of the G20 will also meet by video conference on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.