KABUL: A prime British envoy held talks with senior Taliban officers in Kabul on Tuesday — the primary since international forces evacuated from Afghanistan — because the nation’s new masters search a path out of worldwide isolation.
The motion declared a brand new regime after overrunning the capital in August and ousting the US-backed authorities. However after 20 years of struggle, the aid-reliant nation faces financial collapse, with main donors pausing funding and no emergency help in place.
The brand new rulers have been courting hesitant international powers in a bid to restart money flows to the nation, the place civil servants and healthcare staff have gone months with out salaries.
Taliban officers tweeted footage of the primary assembly between Simon Gass, Britain’s particular consultant for Afghanistan, and deputy prime ministers Abdul Ghani Baradar and Abdul Salam Hanafi.
The 2 sides mentioned how Britain might help Afghanistan battle terrorism and a deepening humanitarian disaster — and supply protected passage for many who need to go away the nation, a UK authorities spokesperson stated.
“In addition they raised the remedy of minorities and the rights of girls and ladies,” the spokesperson added, saying Gass was joined by Martin Longden, cost d’affaires on the now evacuated UK mission to Afghanistan.
The Taliban, infamous for his or her brutal and oppressive rule from 1996 to 2001, have confronted a backlash after successfully excluding girls and ladies from training and work throughout the nation.
Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the Taliban’s international ministry spokesman, stated the assembly “targeted on detailed discussions about reviving diplomatic relations between each international locations”.
Western governments have warned that the Taliban should kind an “inclusive” authorities and respect girls’s rights if they’re to be formally recognised.
Neighbouring Pakistan nonetheless has been pushing for the worldwide neighborhood to have interaction with the brand new rulers and assist stabilise a rustic threatened by famine.
The Taliban have made some gestures in the direction of worldwide respectability whereas insisting on their proper to return to a authorities based mostly on their interpretation of Islamic regulation.
On Tuesday ladies returned to some secondary faculties in a northern province, Taliban officers and academics stated, regardless of them remaining barred from lecture rooms in a lot of the nation.
A video posted by the group’s spokesman Suhail Shaheen confirmed dozens of schoolgirls in black, some sporting white headscarves and others with black face veils, sat in chairs waving Taliban flags.
However training ministry official Mohammad Abid stated there had been no coverage change from the interim central authorities, telling AFP on Tuesday: “Excessive faculties nonetheless stay closed for ladies.”
The Taliban, which have permitted ladies to attend main college, have stated ladies will return to secondary faculties as soon as their safety and strict gender segregation beneath sharia regulation will be ensured.
A number of academics and a headteacher in Kunduz metropolis, the provincial capital, instructed AFP that ladies at excessive faculties in some districts had gone again to courses.
The Taliban additionally introduced at a stage-managed rally that some girls civil servants have been referred to as again to work, in indicators the group could also be making an attempt to melt their public picture after 50 days in energy.
Inside ministry spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti instructed AFP that each one employees of the passport division “together with feminine workers” had been requested to return to their places of work.