US talks to Taliban for first time since departure | Abroad

“The talks are not about recognizing or legitimizing the Taliban in Afghanistan,” a US State Department spokesman said. Rather, it is a continuation of pragmatic discussions on issues of national importance to the US. The top priority is the continued safe passage of American citizens, other foreigners and Afghans.”

The US also wants a commitment from the Taliban to prevent terrorists from using Afghanistan “to threaten the security of the United States or its allies,” he added. The State Department did not disclose who will be traveling on behalf of the US for the talks.

The last US troops left Afghanistan at the end of August. This marked the end of the international military mission in the country after nearly two decades.

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