The US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tom West, will visit Doha next week to meet with the Taliban leaders, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said Tuesday.
US Peace Envoy for Afghanistan, West will lead the delegation during the two-week planned discussions, in which fight against terrorism and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, among other issues, would be discussed.
“They’ll discuss our vital national interests when it comes to Afghanistan,” Price said.
“That includes counterterrorism, that includes safe passage for U.S. citizens and for Afghans to whom we have a special commitment, and that includes humanitarian assistance and the economic situation of the country,” he added.
Two weeks ago, West had attended a meeting of the extended Troika, which included Pakistan, China, Russia, and the United States.
“Joined extended Troika (US, Russia, China, Pakistan) in Islamabad. Parties reaffirmed centrality of Taliban fulfilling terrorism commitments, working with fellow Afghans on inclusive governance, and protecting the rights of all Afghans, especially women and girls,” West tweeted.
West had recently reacted to the Taliban’s letter sent to the Congress as misconstruing the facts of Afghanistan’s economic and humanitarian crisis. “Afghanistan was unfortunately already suffering a terrible humanitarian crisis before mid-August, made worse by war, years of drought, and the pandemic,” he said.
“We will continue clear-eyed, candid diplomacy with the Taliban. Legitimacy and support must be earned by actions to address terrorism, establish an inclusive government, and respect the rights of minorities, women and girls – including equal access to education and employment,” he furthered.
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