DOHA: A Taliban delegation will meet European Union representatives in Doha on Tuesday, while the leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies will meet to discuss aid, security, and other issues related to Afghanistan, Gandhara, news website, reports.
The meeting follows Taliban’s first face-to-face talks with representatives of the US since returning to power, in Doha, a few days ago.
“Tomorrow (Tuesday) we are meeting the EU representatives. We are having positive meetings with representatives of other countries,” Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan’s Taliban-led government, Amir Khan Muttaqi, said.
“We want positive relationships with the whole world. We believe in balanced international relations. We believe such a balanced relationship can save Afghanistan from instability,” Muttaqi added.
The Group of 20 (G20) meeting on Tuesday will be hosted by Italy and held virtually. It will focus on aid needs, concerns over security, and ways to guarantee a safe exit for thousands of Western-allied Afghans still in the country, the report adds.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is due to join the G-20 meeting amid continued concerns about Afghanistan’s economy and highly divergent views on how to deal with the Taliban-led government.
China has publicly demanded that economic sanctions on Afghanistan be lifted and that billions of dollars in Afghan assets be unfrozen and handed back to Kabul. It was not clear if this would be discussed during the 12 October meeting.
Chinese media have reported that President Xi Jinping will not participate in the meeting. It was also not clear if Russian President Vladimir Putin would call in. US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Europe’s G20 leaders are expected to take part, the report says.
Guterres warned again about Afghanistan’s economy, saying the country was facing “a make-or-break moment” and appealing for an injection of cash.
“Right now, with assets frozen and development aid paused, the economy is breaking down,” Guterres told reporters at UN headquarters in New York. “Banks are closing and essential services, such as health-care, have been suspended in many places.”