Discussions with Taliban leaders were ‘candid’: State Department

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The State Department has said the US delegation had ‘candid’ discussions with the senior Taliban leaders in Qatari capital of Doha.

“On October 9 and 10, an interagency delegation traveled to Doha, Qatar to meet with senior Taliban representatives,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.

Price further added that the U.S. delegation focused on security and terrorism concerns and safe passage for U.S. citizens, other foreign nationals and our Afghan partners, as well as on human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society.

The two sides also discussed the United States’ provision of robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people, Price said.

He also added that the discussions were candid and professional with the U.S. delegation reiterating that the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words.

Meanwhile, the Taliban leaders have said Washington has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan without recognizing the new government led by the group.

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