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Taliban warns US not to “destabilize” in first face-to-face talks since withdrawal

The Taliban minister said the US would also help vaccinate Afghans against Kovid-19. file

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The Taliban warned the United States not to “destabilize” the regime during its first face-to-face talks since the US withdrawal, its Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki said on Saturday.

Mr Muttaki’s remarks come as the Taliban attempt to re-establish their rule in Afghanistan, 20 years after radical Islamists were driven out by a US-led invasion.

“We told them very clearly that trying to destabilize the government in Afghanistan is not good for anyone,” Muttaki told Afghan state news agency Bakhtar after talks in Qatar’s capital Doha.

“Good relations with Afghanistan are good for all. Nothing should be done to undermine the current government in Afghanistan which may create problems for the people,” he said in a recorded statement translated by AFP.

Mr Muttaki’s remarks came in the first two days of talks with a US team led by State Department Deputy Special Representative Tom West and USAID’s top humanitarian official Sarah Charles.

He said the US would also help vaccinate Afghans against Kovid-19.

There was no immediate comment from the US side on the talks.

“The US delegation decided that they would cooperate with us in vaccination and provide humanitarian assistance,” Muttaki said.

He said: “It is being promised that the states will have good relations with each other and will be patient while Afghanistan is going through a very difficult time, so Afghanistan will come out of this situation more strongly.”

The hardline Taliban seized power in August as the United States ended its two-decade presence with a withdrawal that included a chaotic airlift of foreign residents and Afghans.

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His efforts to consolidate his rule have been undermined by a series of attacks by Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K), which claimed the bombing of a Shia mosque on Friday that killed more than 60 people. .

Afghanistan’s economy is on the verge of collapse, with international aid cuts, rising food prices and rising unemployment.

Mr. Muttaki said the Taliban would like to have meetings with other countries as well as the US to discuss Afghanistan’s difficulties.

“We are trying to have such meetings and meetings with the US and other countries of the world and to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan, listen to each other’s views,” Muttaki said.

“The issues that the people of Afghanistan are facing, whether it is the economy or any other issue, must be resolved. The current government of Afghanistan maintains good relations with other states and cooperates with others, to facilitate and provide services to its people. Committed to.

“That’s what we want and we are trying to discuss these areas with other countries.”

Ahead of the talks, a US State Department official said its priority was to secure safe passage for the US and other citizens who wish to leave Afghanistan, and to ensure that Taliban “terrorists” are allowed to operate on Afghan soil. Don’t give

“This meeting is not about granting recognition or legitimacy. We are clear that any legitimacy must be earned through the Taliban’s own actions,” the official said.

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