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US will not fund non-state actors in Afghanistan: Taliban sources | Taliban News


Taliban sources told Al Jazeera that American officials assured them during a meeting in Doha.

Doha, Qatar – Taliban sources told Al Jazeera that the United States has assured Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers that Washington will not fund any armed groups or non-state organizations in the country.

The assurances have been welcomed by the Taliban as the Tajik armed groups, which have been backed by the West in the past, continue to challenge the group’s leadership – even as it has contained the National Resistance Front due to The dominant Tajik and other groups have affiliated with the former Western-backed government since it returned to power last August.

The assurances were made during a meeting between US State Department officials and Taliban representatives in Doha earlier this month.

Although there are few details about the meeting in the Qatari capital, Taliban sources told Al Jazeera that members of the force met with members of the high-level US delegation, including even the deputy director of the CIA.

This meeting is the first since July when the US said killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri during a drone strike on his hideout in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Al-Zawahiri’s presence in Afghanistan prompts the West to accuse the Taliban of violations Doha deal 2020in which the Afghan group agreed not to provide safe havens to al-Qaeda and other armed groups.

The Taliban came to power last year in a blitzkrieg, but violence by armed groups such as ISKP, the IS affiliate, has increased in recent months, posing a security challenge for the group.

Taliban reject US plan for Afghan assets

During the meeting, the Taliban also conveyed a rejection of the US announcement that they would $3.5 billion transfer in frozen Afghanistan central bank assets according to Taliban sources, people with knowledge of the meetings are based in Switzerland.

Last month, the Taliban said the US decision to put a portion of nearly $10 billion in Afghan assets – which it freezing last August in an attempt to prevent the Taliban from accessing it – into trust that is “unacceptable and a violation of international norms”.

The US announcement said the fund would be managed by an international board of directors and used to pay off debt, electricity, food, new money printing and other essential needs and services.

The Afghan group has repeatedly called for the lifting of sanctions and the release of frozen funds, including international aid that was suspended after the Taliban takeover, to help the country’s dying economy. this country. Sanctions that were imposed on the Taliban during their first rule that ended in 2001 were in effect again when they came to power last year.

The isolation of the Taliban

More than half of Afghanistan’s 39 million people need humanitarian assistance and six million people at risk of starvationThe United Nations said in August.

No country has recognized the Taliban’s self-proclaimed caliphate in Afghanistan, and its diplomatic and financial isolation has exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in the country that has suffered for decades. war, including the past 20 years under American occupation.

The international community has urged the Taliban to respect human rights, including allow girls access to school and work. But the group has introduced increasing restrictions on human rights, further angering the international community and dashing any hope of recognition.

However, revelations about the Doha meeting suggest that the United States continues to engage with the Taliban despite the rift.

A State Department spokesman confirmed Doha’s meetings with Al Jazeera.

“As we have made it clear, we will continue to engage the Taliban in a pragmatic manner in the interests of the United States,” she told Al Jazeera.

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