Taliban sources inform Al Jazeera that US officers assured them throughout a gathering in Doha.
Doha, Qatar – The USA has assured Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers that Washington is not going to fund any armed teams or non-state actors within the nation, Taliban sources have instructed Al Jazeera.
The assurances had been welcomed by the Taliban as Tajik armed teams, which have been backed by the West previously, proceed to problem the group’s management – even because it has managed to include the Tajik-dominated Nationwide Resistance Entrance and different teams aligned with the previous Western-backed authorities because it returned to energy in August final yr.
The assurances got throughout a gathering between US Division of State officers and Taliban representatives in Doha earlier this month.
Whereas few particulars concerning the assembly within the Qatari capital can be found, Taliban sources instructed Al Jazeera its members met with members of a excessive degree US delegation, together with CIA deputy director.
This assembly was the primary since July when the US mentioned it killed al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone assault on his hiding place in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.
Al-Zawahiri’s presence in Afghanistan led the West to accuse the Taliban of violating the 2020 Doha Settlement, through which the Afghan group agreed to not present secure haven to al-Qaeda and different armed teams.
The Taliban swept into energy final yr in a lightning offensive however violence by armed teams reminiscent of ISIL affiliate ISKP has surged in latest months, posing a safety problem to the group.
Taliban reject US plan for Afghan property
Within the assembly, the Taliban additionally conveyed its rejection of the US announcement that it could switch $3.5bn in frozen Afghan central financial institution property right into a Swiss-based belief, in line with the Taliban sources, who’ve data concerning the conferences.
Final month, the Taliban mentioned the US determination to place a part of almost $10bn in Afghan property – which it froze final August in an try to maintain the Taliban from accessing it – into belief was “unacceptable and a violation of worldwide norms”.
The US announcement had mentioned the fund will probably be managed by a world board of trustees and used for debt funds, electrical energy, meals, printing new forex and different important wants and providers.
The Afghan group has repeatedly referred to as for the lifting of sanctions and the discharge of frozen funds, together with worldwide help that was suspended after the Taliban takeover, to assist its dying economic system. Sanctions that had been positioned on the Taliban throughout their first interval of rule that resulted in 2001 got here again into pressure with them taking energy final yr.
The Taliban’s isolation
Greater than half of Afghanistan’s 39 million individuals want humanitarian assist and 6 million are prone to famine, the United Nations mentioned in August.
No nation has recognised the Taliban’s self-styled Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and its diplomatic and monetary isolation has exacerbated the humanitarian disaster within the nation, which has suffered from a long time of battle, together with the final 20 years below US occupation.
The worldwide group has urged the Taliban to respect human rights, together with permitting women entry to colleges and workplaces. However the group has put in place rising curbs on human rights, additional angering the worldwide group and dashing any hopes of recognition.
Nonetheless, the revelations concerning the Doha assembly present the US continues to have interaction with the Taliban regardless of the rift.
A state division spokesperson confirmed the Doha conferences to Al Jazeera.
“As we’ve made clear, we’ll proceed to have interaction the Taliban pragmatically relating to American pursuits,” she instructed Al Jazeera.