According to Thomas West, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, recent restrictions on Afghan women have fueled international opposition to the Taliban’s interim administration.

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan met with Foreign Minister of the Taliban, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Thomas West wrote on his Twitter handle.

During the discussion, West highlighted the international community’s “unified opposition” to Amir Khan Muttaqi, which is growing as a result of recent restrictions on Afghan women and girls, according to West.

Discussions with the Taliban will continue, according to Thomas West, in support of the Afghan people and the US national interest.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the spokesman for the Taliban’s Foreign Ministry, tweeted today, 22nd May, in the morning that Representative West shared information and views on the progress of US talks with the Afghan financial sector, especially the banking and monetary system, as well as a range of political, and humanitarian issues.

According to West, Rina Amiri, the US special Envoy for Afghan women, girls, and human rights, was also present at the meeting.

Rina Amiri expressed her opinions on women’s education, work, and human rights during the conversation, according to the Taliban Foreign Ministry, and asked the Taliban to focus on improving them.

Amir Khan Muttaqi stated that the hijab decree had been issued and that Afghan women have no objections to it.

This is despite the Taliban’s Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prohibition of Vice recently ordered female journalists in the media to cover their faces when on air.


  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).