The U.S and Taliban officials will resume talks in Doha, Qatar next week to discuss counterterrorism operations against ISIS-K, Al-Qaeda, humanitarian assistance and economic crisis in Afghanistan, the U.S Department of State have revealed.
The U.S and Taliban talks refer back to February 2020, when an agreement was signed between both parties on an Afghanistan peace process to help with a political settlement, which eventually failed and the Taliban took over power by force on August 15, 2021, following the flee of Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
The agreement was said to have some hidden articles, which were never leaked.
The U.S Department of States announced on Tuesday that its special representative for Afghanistan, Tom West will chair the U.S delegation during the next session of a two-week talk with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar.
The two sides will discuss “our vital national interests,” which include counterterrorism operations against the ISIS group and Al-Qaeda, humanitarian assistance, Afghanistan’s devastated economy, and safe passage out of Afghanistan for US citizens and Afghans who worked for the United States during the 20-year war, said Ned Price, State Department spokesperson.
West has been the U.S.’s special representative for Afghan reconciliation for around six weeks, and before that, Zalmay Khalilzad, Afghan-Ameican diplomat used to hold the same role with a focus on Afghanistan’s peace process.
Khalilzad resigned as special envoy to the United States on the Afghanistan peace process six weeks back, calling his mission accomplished successfully, however, he was widely criticized in Afghanistan.
This comes as the United States has not yet recognized the Taliban as a legitimate power in Afghanistan.