Afghanistan: US and Taliban discuss aid in first direct talks since US exit,

The US has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, the country’s Taliban rulers say.

The statement came at the end of their first direct talks, in Qatar, since US troops left Afghanistan in August. Aside from aid, the talks focused on containing extremist groups and the evacuation of US citizens.

US officials described the discussions as candid and professional, but added that the Taliban would be judged by their actions. The US insisted the meeting did not amount to recognition of the Taliban.

In a statement issued on Sunday night, the Taliban said: ”US representatives stated that they will give humanitarian assistance to Afghans and will provide facilities for other humanitarian organisations to deliver aid.” Läs artikel