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In Olso, negotiations between Taliban and Westerners on the Afghan humanitarian crisis

This is the first official visit by the Taliban to Europe since they took control of Afghanistan in August 2021. Arriving on Saturday January 22 in Oslo, the delegation, made up of fifteen leaders of the fundamentalist regime, led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi, met on Monday with representatives of several Western countries, including France, for discussions relating in particular to the humanitarian crisis raging in Afghanistan and respect for human rights.

The Taliban landed in Oslo on Saturday evening aboard a private jet chartered by the Norwegian government. They took up residence in the Soria Moria hotel, on the heights of the capital, where the talks took place behind closed doors. Impossible to know the content, nor the result: the Westerners have made no declaration.

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said the talks, which were due to end on Tuesday, focused on « the economy, humanitarian aid, security, the operation of the central bank, health and other important issues ». At a press briefing on Monday, Amir Khan Muttaqi said being there was “a success in itself”.

Ahead of the visit, criticized by part of the diaspora, as well as by human rights activists in Afghanistan, Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt assured that the invitation was not « not a legitimation or recognition » of the Islamist regime. “But we have to speak with those who de facto run the country,” she explained.

“Solving the humanitarian crisis”

From New York, where he was due to take part in a meeting of the UN Security Council, chaired this month by Norway, Labor Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said he understood that “Many people react when they see the Taliban in Norway. They have values ​​as far removed from ours as possible., he observed. But it is they, he recalled, “who really run Afghanistan (…), that [nous] like it or not”.

On his Twitter account, US Special Representative Thomas West explained for his part: “As we seek to resolve the humanitarian crisis (…), we will pursue a clear-headed diplomacy with the Taliban, consistent with our ongoing concern and interest in a stable, rights-respecting and inclusive Afghanistan. » Mr. West came accompanied by the envoy of the United States for the rights of Afghan women, Rina Amiri, as well as representatives of the ministry of finance and Usaid, the American development agency. French, English, German, Italian, Norwegian and European diplomats also took part in the discussions.

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