Islamabad-The Taliban said on Sunday that the United States has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to the extremely impoverished Afghanistan on the brink of economic disaster, while rejecting political recognition of the country’s new Taliban ruler.
This statement was made at the conclusion of the first direct dialog between former hostile parties following the chaotic withdrawal of US troops at August’s end.
The United States didn’t immediately respond to questions about the weekend meeting.
The Taliban stated that the talks in Doha, Qatar, were “going smoothly,” and Washington released humanitarian aid to Afghanistan after agreeing not to link such aid with the official recognition of the Taliban.
The United States clarified that the talks are not an invitation to recognize the Taliban. They took power on August 15th after the collapsed U.S. allied government.
Taliban political spokesman Sohail Shaheen also said that the movement’s interim foreign minister assured the United States during the talks that the Taliban is committed to ensuring that extremists will not use Afghanistan’s land to launch attacks on other countries.
On Saturday, however, the Taliban disregarded any possibility of cooperating Washington in order to stop the growing Islamic State organization in Afghanistan.
IS is an enemy of the Taliban, and it claims to be responsible for several recent attacks, including Friday’s suicide bombing, which killed 46 Shiite Muslims. Washington believes the Islamic State is the most dangerous terrorist threat to the United States.
Shaheen was asked whether the Taliban would cooperate in the United States’ efforts to defeat Islamic State-affiliated organisations. He replied: “We are able to deal with ISIS on our own.” He used the Arabic acronym IS.
Bill Loggio, a senior researcher at the Foundation for the Defence of Democracy, who tracks militant groups, agrees that the Taliban does not need Washington’s help to hunt down and destroy Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate, the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, or ISKP.
The Taliban “had been fighting against the United States expulsion for twenty years, and it doesn’t need the United States returning.” Rogio, who also produces the foundation’s Long War Journal, said that it also does not require any assistance from the United States. To eradicate the ISKP and its limited infrastructure, the Taliban will have to complete a long and difficult task. It has all of the tools and knowledge required to complete this operation.