Taliban Delegation Calls Doha Talks With US 'Fruitful', Reports Say
17:23 GMT 10.10.2021 (Updated: 17:34 GMT 10.10.2021)
DOHA (Sputnik) - The Taliban* delegation called Sunday's negotiations with US delegates in Doha fruitful, the news channel Al-Jazeera has reported.
The Qatari channel cited the Taliban's acting information minister as saying that the interim Afghan government hoped the meeting would be a step toward its recognition by Washington.
These negotiations between US officials and the Taliban are the first to occur since the United States withdrew troops from Afghanistan in August. The Taliban delegation was also expected to meet with EU representatives in Doha on Sunday.
© REUTERS / US MARINESU.S. Marines provide assistance during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 20, 2021.
U.S. Marines provide assistance during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 20, 2021.
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The radical movement took over Afghanistan as the US was withdrawing its forces after a nearly 20-year campaign. The Taliban seized the capital city of Kabul on 15 August, while the last province to resist the group, Panjshir, surrendered on 6 September.
*The Taliban is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.