According to Zabihullah Mujahid, the parties discussed economic assistance to Afghanistan.
The dialogue between representatives of the radical Taliban movement and the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West was productive, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture in the interim Afghan government Zabihullah Mujahid said.
“The issues of Afghanistan’s state assets frozen by Washington and possible U.S. economic assistance to our country, which it needs now, were mainly discussed,” Mujahid said. – The U.S. representative accepted most of our proposals. It was a productive dialogue.”
According to him, the conditions put forward by Washington regarding the recognition of the Taliban government largely relate to the rights of women in Afghanistan. He added that additional negotiations on these issues will be held in the future. Mujahid also denied information that American citizens are currently being held captive by the Taliban, stressing that representatives of the radical movement intend to comply with the terms of the agreement signed with the United States in Doha on February 29, 2020.
After Washington announced its decision to withdraw its armed forces from Afghanistan in the spring of 2021, the radicals launched a large-scale operation to establish control over the country. On August 15, Taliban militants entered Kabul without a fight, and President Ashraf Ghani left the republic.