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US, Taliban have “productive discussions” on humanitarian aid: State Department

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A separate meeting with the Taliban involving EU and US officials was held on Tuesday (File)

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The United States and the Taliban held “productive discussions” on the issue of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan during meetings in Qatar over the weekend, with State Department spokesman Ned Price calling the talks “quite positive” on Tuesday.

Officials discussed humanitarian access during two days of meetings between Taliban representatives and US officials, including some in the intelligence community and the US Agency for International Development.

Price said the talks were focused on security and terrorism concerns, safe passage for foreign nationals and human rights as the United States leaves the country for Afghan allies.

Washington has repeatedly called on Afghanistan’s new rulers to show respect for human rights, including the rights of women and girls, in order to gain international legitimacy.

“The delegation made it clear, as we have consistently, that the Taliban will be judged not only on its words but on its actions as a whole,” Price said.

Price said Tuesday there was a separate meeting with EU officials and Taliban representatives linked to US officials.

Since the Taliban came to power in August, Washington has halted bilateral aid to Afghanistan, but says it is still providing aid through non-governmental groups. The new Taliban-led government has been called upon to provide government stockpiles in the United States to ease the growing humanitarian crisis.

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