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US-Taliban talks end up with US promising humanitarian aid

US-Taliban talks end up with US promising humanitarian aid

Doha: For the first after the chaotic withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan, the country's new regime and its former rival, the US met in Doha in Qatar. The two-day talks between officials from both sides discussed the post-withdrawal state of the country, particularly security and terrorism, the rights of women and girls as well as evacuations from Afghanistan.

Concluding the face to face talks, a Taliban statement claimed that the US agreed to continue the humanitarian assistance to the country which is on the brink of an economic disaster. The statement further said that though the US will provide humanitarian aid to the economically ailing Afghanistan, the country's former master is not keen to recognise its rulers.

While the US side confirming the discussions were candid and professional, the Taliban said that the talks ended with a promise of freeing up humanitarian aid to Afghanistan from the US side. The Taliban was also not hesitant to announce the US' reluctance to recognise the Taliban as Afghan's new ruler.

Al Jazeera quoted Ned Price, spokesman for the US Department of State as saying that the US is concerned over security, terrorism, safe passage for US citizens, other foreign nationals and our Afghan partners, as well as on human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society.

The Taliban will be judged on its action apart from its words, he added.

Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen in a statement said that the regime gave its words to the US that the country's soil will never be launching a platform for extremists to attacks other countries.

On Saturday, however, the Taliban ruled out cooperation with Washington on containing the increasingly active Islamic State group in Afghanistan.

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