The US has agreed to supply humanitarian help to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the point of an financial catastrophe, whereas refusing to present political recognition to the nation’s new Taliban rulers, the Taliban mentioned Sunday.
The assertion got here on the finish of the primary direct talks between the previous foes because the chaotic withdrawal of US troops on the finish of August.There was no rapid remark from the US on the weekend assembly.READ: Taliban warns US to not ‘destabilise’ regime in face-to-face talksThe Taliban mentioned the talks held in Doha, Qatar, “went well,” with Washington releasing up humanitarian help to Afghanistan after agreeing to not hyperlink such help to formal recognition of the Taliban.The United States made it clear that the talks had been under no circumstances a preamble to recognition of the Taliban, who swept into energy August 15 after the US-allied authorities collapsed.Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen additionally informed The Associated Press that the motion’s interim overseas minister assured the US in the course of the talks that the Taliban are dedicated to seeing that Afghan soil just isn’t utilized by extremists to launch assaults towards different international locations.On Saturday, nevertheless, the Taliban dominated out cooperation with Washington on containing the more and more lively Islamic State group in Afghanistan.IS, an enemy of the Taliban, has claimed accountability for various current assaults, together with Friday’s suicide bombing that killed 46 minority Shiite Muslims. Washington considers IS its biggest terrorist menace emanating from Afghanistan.“We are able to tackle Daesh independently,” Shaheen mentioned when requested whether or not the Taliban would work with the US to comprise the Islamic State affiliate. He used an Arabic acronym for IS.Bill Roggio, a senior fellow on the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who tracks militant teams, agreed the Taliban don’t want Washington’s assist to seek out and destroy Afghanistan’s IS affiliate, often called the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, or ISKP.The Taliban “fought 20 years to eject the US, and the last thing it needs is the return of the U.S. It also doesn’t need US help,” mentioned Roggio, who additionally produces the inspiration’s Long War Journal. “The Taliban has to conduct the difficult and time-consuming task of rooting out ISKP cells and its limited infrastructure. It has all the knowledge and tools it needs to do it.”The IS affiliate doesn’t have the benefit of protected havens in Pakistan and Iran that the Taliban had in its battle towards the United States, Roggio mentioned. However, he warned that the Taliban’s longtime assist for al-Qaida make them unreliable as counterterrorism companions with the United States.The Taliban gave refuge to al-Qaida earlier than it carried out the 9/11 assaults. That prompted the 2001 US invasion of Afghanistan that drove the Taliban from energy.“It is insane for the US to think the Taliban can be a reliable counterterrorism partner, given the Taliban’s enduring support for al-Qaida,” Roggio mentioned.During the assembly, US officers had been anticipated to press the Taliban to permit Americans and others to go away Afghanistan. In their assertion, the Taliban mentioned, with out elaborating, that they might “facilitate principled movement of foreign nationals.”ALSO READ: We have engaged with Taliban, prepared to supply humanitarian help to Afghanistan: Harsh V ShringlaALSO READ: Taliban say they will not work with US to comprise Islamic StateWATCH: Conclave 2021: Ashraf Ghani is a traitor, says Abdullah Abdullah