Don’t destabilise Taliban government, US told in 1st talks since withdrawal – Times of India

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DOHA: The Taliban warned the US not to “destabilise” the regime on Saturday during their first face-to-face talks since the US withdrawal, as a deadly sectarian bombing raised further questions about their grip on power. As mourners in northern Afghanistan buried their dead from an attack on a Shia mosque, a Taliban delegation told US officials in Doha that any weakening of their government could cause “problems for the people”.
“We clearly told them that trying to destabilise the government in Afghanistan is good for no one,” Muttaqi told the Afghan state news agency Bakhtar. “Good relations with Afghanistan are good for everyone. Nothing should be done to weaken the existing government in Afghanistan which can lead to problems for the people,” he said. The Taliban are seeking international recognition, as well as assistance to ease economic crisis.
A state department official said the US delegation would press the Taliban to ensure terrorists do not create a base for attacks in the country. It would also pressure the new rulers to form an inclusive government and to respect the rights of women and girls, the official said, stressing the meeting did not indicate Washington recognised Taliban rule. “We remain clear that any legitimacy must be earned through the Taliban’s own actions.” AFP
Taliban rule out US help to contain IS.





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