German and Dutch Officials Held Talks with Taliban

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The German and Dutch diplomats holding their first talks with the Taliban government in Kabul since it took power.

Kabul, 22 November 2021 (TDI): The German and Dutch envoys held talks with the Taliban leaders on Thursday. Germany’s delegation included its Special Envoy for Afghanistan & Pakistan, Jasper Wieck, and Germany’s Designate Ambassador to Afghanistan, Markuz Potzel.

On the other hand, the Dutch delegation included Netherlands’ Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Emiel de Bont. The joint delegation held a meeting with Afghanistan’s key de facto authorities.

The representatives met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Taliban’s government in Afghanistan, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and de-facto Deputy Prime Minister Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi.

They also held a meeting with the country’s de-facto Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Motaqi, and Director of Intelligence, Abdul Haq Wasiq, and Afghanistan’s former President, Hamid Karzai.

During the meeting, both sides underlined the vitality of continued ‘operational contact’ especially to address Kabul’s humanitarian crisis. In this regard, Afghan Authorities assured secure and unhindered access for humanitarian aid workers in Kabul. They also committed to providing safe access to female aid workers.

The Afghan leaders reiterated their commitment to general amnesty and free passage for those wanting to leave Afghanistan. They affirmed that Afghan soil will not be abused again. In addition, the Dutch and German delegates emphasized having an inclusive government in Kabul that will respect human rights.

The German Delegation with Hamid Karzai in Kabul.

Moreover, the joint delegation stressed their support for Afghans and committed to providing them with humanitarian aid, particularly during the winter season.

They discussed the situation of the humanitarian crisis with Taliban leaders, particularly concerning the educational and health sectors. In this regard, Afghan authorities also expressed their concerns stating that education for all genders is a matter of vital importance for Afghanistan.

Lastly, any further meetings and diplomatic engagement between both parties were made conditional to the implementation of points mentioned during Thursday’s meeting.

 

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