Discusses the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.. The Taliban government delegation begins official talks with Western diplomats in Norway

A round of talks was launched between the delegation of the Afghan interim government led by the Taliban movement and Western diplomats focusing on the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, after meetings of the government delegation on Sunday with representatives of Afghan civil society.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that a delegation led by Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mottaki began talks on Monday with representatives of the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, the European Union and Norway.

For his part, the Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the Afghan delegation discussed economic issues, humanitarian aid, security, central bank operations, and health with delegations of 8 countries.

The Taliban had expressed its hope that the talks would contribute to “transforming the atmosphere of war into a situation of peace,” according to what its government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

It is expected that the talks will discuss international aid, which was suspended after the Taliban took control of power at the end of last August, which exacerbated the suffering of millions of Afghans and led to the exacerbation of poverty in the country, which suffered from high rates of hunger after years of drought.

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The talks – which are scheduled to continue for a second day on Tuesday – will focus on the human rights situation and the treatment of women, after the Taliban seized power last year.

It is expected that Taliban representatives will press for the release of nearly 10 billion dollars frozen by the United States and other Western countries, as Afghanistan faces an unstable humanitarian situation.

No country has yet recognized the government formed by the Taliban, and Norwegian Foreign Minister Anneken Hoetfeldt said before the meeting that the talks “will not constitute legitimization or recognition of the Taliban movement.”

But the Norwegian minister added that “countries should talk to the authorities that run the country de facto,” stressing the need to “not allow the political situation to lead to a worse humanitarian catastrophe.”

Since August, international aid that financed about 80% of Afghanistan’s budget has been suspended, while the United States has frozen $9.5 billion in assets in the Afghan Central Bank.

Today, the specter of hunger threatens 23 million Afghans, which is equivalent to 55 percent of the population, according to United Nations data, which indicate that Afghanistan needs $4.4 billion from donor countries this year to deal with the humanitarian crisis.

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