IEA, Afghan civil society issue joint statement after Norway meeting
24 Jan 2022
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) said that the IEA delegation in a meeting with Afghans from different walks of life, emphasized on reaching a mutual understanding to get Afghanistan out of the current crisis.
The meeting discussed joint steps in the economic, political and security sectors, the ministry said.
The statement added that the participants of the Oslo meeting discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and called holding of such meetings in the interest of the country. The Norway meeting will last for three days.
The Norwegian foreign minister had previously said that the meeting did not mean recognizing the Taliban. The Oslo meeting is held a time when Afghanistan is facing tough challenges, including economic sanctions.
The United States, meanwhile, has welcomed the meetings and discussions between Afghan civil society members and the Taliban in Oslo. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Tom West has said that Washington and its allies, partners, and relief orgs, will continue clear-eyed diplomacy with the Taliban regarding our concerns and our abiding interest in a stable, rights-respecting and inclusive Afghanistan.
On the other hand, Rina Amiri, US Special Representative for Afghanistan’s Women, Girls and Human Rights, is optimistic about the Oslo meeting, emphasizing the need for direct engagement between Afghans and the Islamic Emirate inside Afghanistan.
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