US to Continue Humanitarian Support to Afghanistan

The United States and Taliban representatives have concluded two-day talks in Qatar where they discussed the international community’s response to the humanitarian and deepening economic crisis and other key issues facing Afghanistan. 

During the talks, the US pledged to continue to support the efforts of the UN and humanitarian organizations to support the Afghan people.  

“On November 29 and 30, Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West led a senior interagency delegation including representatives from the Department of State, Department of the Treasury, USAID, and the intelligence community in discussions on enduring national interests with senior Taliban representatives and technocratic professionals in Doha, Qatar,”  the US State Department Spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

The US delegation emphasized the importance of the Taliban fulfilling its public commitment not to allow anyone to pose a threat to any country from the soil of Afghanistan, safe passage for U.S. citizens and Afghans to whom we have a special commitment, the protection of the rights of all of Afghanistan’s citizens, including its women, girls, and minorities, and the safe release of hostage Mark Frerichs.

The international community’s ongoing and urgent response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan was also discussed, and the US delegation pledged to continue to support UN and humanitarian actors’ efforts to scale up to meet life-saving needs this coming winter.

The US delegation also noted recent statements from Taliban leaders expressing support for women and girls’ access to education at all levels and urged implementation of that commitment countrywide.  “

The Taliban expressed openness to engaging with the international community on full access to education and welcomed efforts to verify and monitor progress to enroll women and girls in school at all levels.  The Taliban asked for support in the education sector.”

American officials expressed deep concern regarding allegations of human rights abuses and urged the Taliban to protect the rights of all Afghans, uphold and enforce its policy of general amnesty, and take additional steps to form an inclusive and representative government.

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