US Officials to meet Taliban in Doha this week to discuss “Critical Interests” of US in Afghanistan

US Officials to meet Taliban in Doha this week to discuss “Critical Interests” of US in Afghanistan

US Officials to meet Taliban in Doha this week to discuss “Critical Interests” of US in Afghanistan

The US State Department announced on Wednesday, 26th July, a meeting of US officials with the Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar this week.US officials will be meeting with representatives from various Central Asian countries

The meeting with the representatives of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan. Afghanistan will be discussed in these meetings, the State Department said. 

During the visit of US officials, from the 26th to 31st of July, the US representative to Afghanistan Thomas West, and the special envoy to Afghanistan women's rights Rina Amiri will have a meeting with the ruling officials of Afghanistan. 

The main purpose of the meeting will be to discuss United States’ interests in Afghanistan, said the US state department in the statement. Afghanistan’s economic, security, and humanitarian issues will be discussed by the pair, particularly the women's rights issues and narcotics control in Afghanistan. 

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According to spokesperson Vedant Patel, the meeting with Afghan officials should not be interpreted as a recognition of Afghanistan by the United States or as a sign of intentions to normalize relations. It did not mean that the US was halting the sanctions on Afghanistan. The United States' focus in Afghanistan was solely on protecting its critical interests.

It appears that the Taliban government is willing to engage in discussions and has expressed a desire to mend relationships with the global community. The Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi recently said that Afghanistan was looking forward to having dialogues with the US. He further said that he did not believe sanctions were any helpful on a country which is already down to its bad for the last 40 years and the world should invest in the infrastructure in Afghanistan. 

Many of Afghanistan's new government policies, particularly those related to women's rights, have raised concerns from the US. In Afghanistan, the Taliban government has prohibited girls from receiving education in schools and going to public places. They have also banned beauty parlors.

In December, Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, warned that there would be consequences if Afghanistan failed to improve its treatment of women's rights. 

These concerns will be talked over in the upcoming meeting with the Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar by the US officials. 

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