Taliban and humanitarian aid

October 12, 2021
Taliban and humanitarian aid

The U.S. delegation focused on security and terrorism concerns and safe passage for U.S. citizens, other foreign nationals and our Afghan partners, as well as on human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society.

U.S. State Dept. spokesperson Ned Price on the first meeting of its kind between the Taliban and U.S. government since the Taliban took over Afghanistan.
  • Humanitarian aid from the U.S. would reportedly not be contingent on the U.S. recognizing the Taliban as the official government of Afghanistan.
  • The Taliban spokesman said this: "Our aim is to have further meetings with the Americans and also with European delegates in the days to come, so that we can discuss and have their views and suggestions about the current situation in Afghanistan … We have told them time and again that a weak and an instable government in Afghanistan is not in the interest of no one."
  • The U.S. State Dept. (as of this writing) did not confirm a timeline or amount of money for aid. The Taliban suggested aid would be coming.
  • Why It Matters: U.S. taxpayer money could be flowing once again to Afghanistan under the rule of the exact entity America fought for 20 years.
  • Statement by State Dept and a background article by the BBC.

by Jenna Lee,