Washington – A US official said on Friday that US officials would talk to senior Taliban representatives on Saturday and Sunday to facilitate the evacuation of Afghans and foreigners in Afghanistan.
The talks in Doha, Qatar, are aimed primarily at allowing the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan to allow Americans and other foreigners to leave Afghanistan, along with Afghans who once worked for the US military or government. Official
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the meetings.
President Joe Biden’s administration has been plagued by questions and complaints about the slow pace of US withdrawal since the last US troops and diplomats left Afghanistan in late August.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday that 105 U.S. citizens and 95 U.S. green card holders have departed on U.S. convenience flights. That number hasn’t changed in more than a week.
Retired U.S. military personnel and others have helped some people leave Afghanistan on chartered flights, and some have fled across U.S. and other land borders.
Dozens of U.S. citizens are still trying to leave, according to the State Department, with thousands of people holding U.S. permanent resident cards, as well as Afghans and their families who are considered eligible for U.S. visas. U.S. officials have pointed to the difficulty of verifying flight confirmation without a U.S. official in Afghanistan, among other delays.
The US envoy urges the Taliban to respect the rights of Afghans, especially women and girls, many of whom are reportedly barred from returning to their jobs and classrooms, and a comprehensive We will form a government.
US officials will also urge Taliban officials to allow free access to humanitarian organizations during the economic crisis following the departure of the United States and the Taliban’s takeover.
The official emphasized that the talks did not mean that the United States was recognizing the Taliban as the legitimate ruler of Afghanistan.