UPDATED 9:31 AM PT – Tuesday, October 12, 2021
The Biden administration called discussions with the Taliban “professional” after holding a meeting with the terrorist group. U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price described the talks as “candid and professional.”
However, Price said the U.S. would not just accept the Taliban’s word. Instead, they would need to prove their intentions with their actions. Officials reportedly held talks regarding security, safe passage and human rights, while discussions also ensued on the topic of women in Afghanistan’s society.
A U.S. interagency delegation traveled to Qatar to meet with senior Taliban representatives from Kabul and discussed issues of vital national interest. The delegation reiterated that the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words. https://t.co/i5wP3sDXBa
— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) October 10, 2021
Despite Price saying the meeting went “well,” the U.S. is still not recognizing the Taliban formally. However, U.S. officials have said they would provide humanitarian support to the country.
Girls all over the world are fighting for respect, education, and a decent quality of life.
In Afghanistan, the Taliban has doubled down on destroying the rights of women & girls, including education. We stand in solidarity with the women & girls struggling for their rights.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) October 11, 2021