America is in talks with the Taliban about facilitating evacuations | Afghanistan
US officials will meet with senior Taliban figures this weekend for talks aimed at facilitating the evacuation of foreign nationals and vulnerable Afghans from Afghanistan. AfghanistanAn American official said.
Talks on Saturday and Sunday in Doha, Qatar will focus on the Afghanistan talks Taliban The official said commanders pledged they would allow Americans and other foreigners to leave, along with Afghans who once worked with the US military or government and other Afghan allies.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak by name about the meetings.
The Biden administration has answered questions and complaints about the slow pace that the United States is facilitating evacuation of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan since the last US troops and diplomats left there at the end of August.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday that 105 US citizens and 95 green card holders have since departed on flights facilitated by the US. This number has not changed for more than a week.
US veterans and other individuals helped leave the country on charter flights, and some Americans and others got out across the land border. That leaves dozens of US citizens seeking exit, according to the State Department, along with thousands of green card holders, Afghans and family members believed to be eligible for US visas.
US officials have cited the difficulty of verifying flight data without the assistance of any US officials on the ground in Afghanistan, among other obstacles.
The official said the United States intends to pressure the Taliban to monitor the rights of women and girls, many of whom are said to be prevented by the Taliban from returning to jobs and classrooms, Afghans in general, and forming an inclusive government.
US officials will also encourage Taliban officials to give humanitarian agencies free access to areas in need amid the economic turmoil that followed the US departure and the Taliban’s seizure of power.
The official stressed that the session does not imply that the United States recognizes the Taliban as the legitimate rulers of the country.