Monday, August 8, 2022

Taliban talks in Oslo last day with bilateral format

OSLO, Norway ( Associated Press) — The last day of talks between the Taliban and Western diplomats has begun in Oslo, with a bilateral meeting with Norwegian government officials focused primarily on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

The three-day talks began on Sunday with talks between the Taliban and members of Afghan civil society, followed by multilateral talks on Monday with Western diplomats from the European Union, the US, Britain, France, Italy and hosts Norway. Bilateral talks with all parties, including independent humanitarian organizations, are expected on Tuesday.

The meetings are taking place in closed rooms at a hotel in the snow-capped mountains above Norway’s capital and are expected to cover everything from education to humanitarian aid to more inclusion.

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They have come at a critical time for Afghanistan As freezing temperatures add to the misery of the downward spiral that came with the fall of the US-backed government and the takeover of the Taliban.

Aid groups and international agencies estimate that around 23 million people, more than half the country, face severe hunger and that about 9 million are on the verge of starvation. People have resorted to selling items to buy food, burn furniture for summer, and even sell to their children. The UN has managed to provide some liquidity and allow the Taliban administration to pay for imports, including electricity.

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Faced with requests from the Taliban that the nearly $10 billion frozen by the United States and other Western countries be released, Western powers are likely to put the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan high on their agenda, as well. With the West’s recurring demand for a Taliban administration. To share power with Afghanistan’s minority ethnic and religious groups.

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