In its first one-on-one meeting since Washington withdrew its troops from Afghanistan, a US delegation will meet with senior Taliban representatives in Doha on Saturday and Sunday.
The high-level US delegation will include officials from the US State Department, USAID and the US Intelligence Community. Officials told Reuters that the agenda included pressuring the Taliban for a safe passage out of Afghanistan for American citizens and others, and the release of the kidnapped US citizen Mark Frerich.
Another agenda item will be to ensure that the Taliban lives up to their commitment and does not allow Afghanistan to become a launchpad for extremist terrorist attacks. It comes as the country faces a “really severe and possibly impossible” economic contraction, US officials said. Human rights issues, women’s rights and other things will also be put up by the US side.
IS attacker kills 46 inside Afghan mosque, challenges Taliban
An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted a mosque filled with Shia Muslim worshipers in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 46 people and wounding dozens. It is the latest security challenge for the Taliban in its transition from insurgency to regime.
The Amaq news agency issued a statement saying that in its claim of responsibility, the IS ally in the region identified the attacker as a Uyghur Muslim, adding that the attack targeted both Shias and the Taliban, who were importing Uighurs from China. The demands were for their alleged desire to be expelled.
An explosion at an overcrowded mosque in Kunduz city during Friday afternoon prayers, the highlight of the Muslim Religious Week. It was the latest in a series of IS bombings and shootings targeting Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers, as well as religious institutions and minority Shiites, since the departure of US and NATO troops in August.
Situation in Afghanistan still remains, difficult to take “very definite position” due to lack of clarity: Jaishankar
It is difficult to take a “very definite position” on Afghanistan as the situation there is still unfolding and there are “living issues” such as whether there will be an inclusive government in Kabul and whether Afghan soil will not be used for terrorism in other countries. . External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Friday.
In an interaction session at the India Today Conclave, when referring to the number of targeted killings in Kashmir and whether Afghan developments could have an impact on India’s internal situation, Jaishankar said he would not forge anything with Afghanistan without Would like evidence.
On the prospect of resumption of talks with Pakistan, he said the prospects do not look good and added that there is no other situation in the world where a country actually runs “this kind of terrorism” against neighbours.
EU warns of security risks associated with migration from Afghanistan
EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson warned on Friday that Europe should take more seriously the security threats posed by exodus from Afghanistan. “On the terrorist threat from Afghanistan, I must say that my assessment is that the level of alert is not adequate. We really need to do more,” she told reporters after meeting with her EU counterparts in Luxembourg.
The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August raised fears of a repeat 2015 in Europe, when nearly one million asylum seekers, mostly Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, fled Turkey crossing Greece to Europe.
Discussed with Pak leadership importance of holding Taliban accountable for their commitments: US Deputy Secretary of State
US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said on Friday that she discussed with the Pakistani leadership the importance of holding the Taliban accountable for the commitments they have made because it is in everyone’s interest to have a “stable and inclusive” Afghanistan that serves Does not serve as a “safe harbor” for terrorists.
On his first visit to Islamabad as a member of the Biden administration, Sherman said Afghanistan was at the top of his agenda during their meetings and underscored the need for a “strong prosperous democratic Pakistan”.
On Thursday after his arrival from New Delhi, he met Pakistani National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf and on Friday had a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.