Taliban delegation talks in Oslo .. The European Union intends to resume providing humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

Spokesman for the Afghan Foreign Ministry Abdul Qahar Balkhi said that the European Union’s special envoy to Afghanistan Thomas Nicholson confirmed that the European Union will continue to provide aid to Afghanistan.

Balkhi added – in a tweet – that Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki reiterated his country’s keenness on positive relations with the European Union, and on the continuation of cooperation between the two parties.

The Taliban government delegation met Western diplomats in Oslo (Reuters)

Oslo talks

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the last day’s talks between the Taliban government delegation and Western diplomats began in Oslo with a meeting with Norwegian government officials focused on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday evening, the talks – which will be held at the Syria Moria Hotel, located on a snow-covered hill outside Oslo – will continue with all parties, including independent humanitarian organizations.

The three-day talks began last Sunday, with the Taliban government delegation meeting with members of Afghan civil society, in the presence of an official Norwegian and in the presence of officials from the international community.

Monday saw multilateral talks with Western diplomats from the European Union, the United States, Britain, France, Italy and host Norway.

Spokesman Balkhi stated that the Afghan delegation, headed by Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mottaki, discussed with European and American representatives the economic, humanitarian, security and health conditions and the policy of the Central Bank of Afghanistan.

On the other hand, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai praised – in a statement – the Oslo talks aimed at solving the problems that Afghanistan is currently suffering from.

The first meeting in Europe

This is the first time since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last August that the movement has held meetings in Europe, and its representatives had previously held meetings in Russia, Iran, Qatar and Pakistan.

The Taliban confirmed – in statements carried by the media – that its first official talks with the West on European soil would help “change the atmosphere of war.”

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.

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