United States and Taliban had 'productive talks' says US State Department


The United States and the Taliban have had "productive discussions" on humanitarian aid for Afghanistan during meetings in Qatar over the weekend, State Department spokesman Edward Price said yesterday, describing the talks as "largely positive."

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

Washington has repeatedly called for Afghanistan's new rulers to demonstrate a respect for human rights, including the rights of women and girls, in order to win international legitimacy.

"The delegation made clear, as we consistently have, that the Taliban will ultimately be judged not only on its words but solely on its actions," Price said.

Price added that Taliban representatives also had meetings with European Union officials.