US and Taliban meet for the first time since NATO's pullout

This week, the UK government conducted its first discussions with the Taliban.
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For the first time since NATO withdrew from Afghanistan in August, the US and the Taliban met face to face.

The discussions, which took place in Doha, addressed a wide range of topics, including the evacuation of foreign people and the economy.

According to a Taliban official quoted in Al-Jazeera, the US gave coronavirus vaccinations to Afghans, and Taliban representatives urged the US to ease a restriction on Afghan central reserves.

Amir Khan Muttaqi, the minister, stated that the two parties discussed "openning a new page" between the two countries following a decades-long conflict.

The Taliban has hinted that it may be willing to compromise on the evacuation of foreign people, many of whom remain in Afghanistan despite evacuation operations that have resulted in the removal of thousands.

Campaigners in the United Kingdom have warned that an estimated 400 to 500 British people remain stuck in Afghanistan, yearning for assistance to come home.

The Taliban, on the other hand, stated that it would not work with the US to combat the terrorist organisation Isis, which is a sworn adversary of the Taliban.

Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, told The Associated Press that the Taliban could "tackle [Isis] alone."

On Friday, the terrorist organization claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Kunduz, which killed 46 minority Shi'ite Muslims and injured scores more as they worshipped in a mosque.

The negotiations will continue on Saturday and Sunday, but the US has stated that they are not a prelude to the Taliban's authority in Afghanistan being recognized.

They follow two days of talks in Islamabad between Pakistani officials and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Afghanistan. Officials from Pakistan asked the US to negotiate with the Taliban and authorize billions of dollars in aid to avert the country's economic collapse.

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