Taliban seeks EU’s help to keep Afghanistan’s airports running

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Afghan people walk near the exit gate of the Kabul airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 24, 2021. AFP
Afghan individuals stroll close to the exit gate of the Kabul airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 24, 2021. AFP
  • Taliban elevate “grave concern” concerning the humanitarian state of affairs of their nation throughout talks with the EU.
  • The EU says “dialogue doesn’t suggest recognition of Taliban govt however is a part of union’s operational engagement”.
  • Says Taliban vowed to stay by its promise of “amnesty” for Afghans who had labored towards it in the course of the 20 years of Western-oriented rule.

BRUSSELS: The Taliban have requested for assist in conserving Afghanistan’s airports working in weekend talks with European Union (EU) officers that additionally raised “grave concern” concerning the humanitarian state of affairs of their nation, EU stated Sunday. 

Either side despatched senior officers to the Qatari capital Doha for the talks, which occurred simply forward of two weeks of negotiations between the US and the Taliban as a result of begin Monday, additionally in Doha.

The EU’s European Exterior Motion Service (EEAS) stated in its assertion that “the dialogue doesn’t suggest recognition by the EU of the interim (Taliban) authorities however is a part of EU’s operational engagement, within the curiosity of the EU and the Afghan individuals”.

The Taliban delegation was led by interim overseas minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, accompanied by the interim ministers for training and well being, the appearing central financial institution governor, and officers from the overseas, finance and inside ministries and the intelligence directorate.

The EU facet was headed by the EU particular envoy for Afghanistan Tomas Niklasson, with officers from the EEAS and the European Fee’s service dealing with humanitarian support, worldwide partnerships, and migration.

‘Worsening humanitarian state of affairs’

The EU assertion stated the Taliban vowed to stay by its promise of “amnesty” for Afghans who had labored towards it in the course of the 20 years of Western-oriented rule as much as the hasty exit and evacuation by the US and its allies in August.

The Taliban facet additionally re-committed to permitting Afghans and foreigners to go away if they want so, however “requested help for sustaining operations of airports” so that would occur.

“The 2 sides expressed grave concern concerning the worsening humanitarian state of affairs in Afghanistan as winter is arriving,” the assertion stated, including that the EU would proceed supplying humanitarian support.

The EU facet pressed the Taliban to create an “inclusive authorities”, foster democracy, guarantee ladies had equal entry to education, and forestall Afghanistan from serving as a base for any group “that threatens the safety of others”.

It additionally prompt that, if the Taliban met EU situations, that would unlock further financing for Afghanistan’s cash-strapped new rulers however solely “for the direct advantage of the Afghan individuals”.

The Taliban reiterated they’d uphold human rights “consistent with Islamic rules” and would welcome again diplomatic missions that had closed, based on the assertion.