• publish: 29 November 2021
  • time: 11:49 am
  • category: Politics
  • No: 20013
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Taliban asked EU for help in keeping Afghanistan’s airports running

It also suggested that, if the Taliban met EU conditions, that could unlock extra financing for Afghanistan’s cash-strapped new rulers but only “for the direct benefit of the Afghan people”.

Taliban delegation who are in Doha met the European Union officials ,who are also in Doha, and asked for help in keeping Afghanistan airports running.

The Taliban side also re-committed to allowing Afghans and foreigners to leave if they wish so.

EU officials also raised concern about humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.  

According to an EU statement late Sunday, the EU’s European External Action Service (EEAS) said that “the dialogue does not imply recognition by the EU of the interim (Taliban) government but is part of EU’s operational engagement, in the interest of the EU and the Afghan people”.

The EU statement said the Taliban vowed to stick by its promise of “amnesty” for Afghans who had worked against it during the two decades of Western-oriented rule up to the hasty exit and evacuation by the US and its allies in August.

The EU side pressed the Taliban to create an “inclusive government”, foster democracy, ensure girls had equal access to schooling, and prevent Afghanistan serving as a base for any group “that threatens the security of others”.

 “The two sides expressed grave concern about the worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan as winter is arriving,” the statement said, adding that the EU would continue supplying humanitarian aid.

It also suggested that, if the Taliban met EU conditions, that could unlock extra financing for Afghanistan’s cash-strapped new rulers but only “for the direct benefit of the Afghan people”.

The Taliban reiterated they would uphold human rights “in line with Islamic principles” and would welcome back diplomatic missions that had closed, according to the statement.

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