British government representatives traveled to Afghanistan to meet with Taliban leaders. This is the group’s first meeting since the mass evacuations from Kabul in August.
The British were represented by the Special Envoy for Afghanistan Simon Gass and Martin Longden, Chargé d’Affairs at the British Mission to Afghanistan in Qatar. The British Foreign Office stated that they were on a date with Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki and the two Afghan Deputy Prime Ministers, Abdul Ghani Baradar and Abdul Salam Hanafi.
There were discussions, according to the ministry, about how the UK can help Afghanistan deal with the humanitarian crisis, and the importance of preventing the country from becoming a breeding ground for terrorism and a safe passage for people who wish to leave the country. In addition, reference was also made to the treatment of minorities and women’s rights.
A Taliban spokesman said the focus of the talks was on “detailed discussions on reviving diplomatic relations between the two countries” and said the Afghan foreign minister wanted the UK “to start a new chapter in a constructive relationship”. With Afghanistan under the leadership of the Taliban.