Ex-NATO Commander Urges U.S. to Negotiate With Taliban

A former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe has voiced assist for the U.S. coming into negotiations with the Taliban, regardless of how “distasteful” the talks may appear to some.

On Monday, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of International Affairs confirmed that representatives from Afghanistan and the U.S. had met in Qatar for a two-day spherical of negotiations, the primary for the reason that Taliban’s return to energy. The talks concerned the dialogue of “confidence-building measures,” in accordance with Al Jazeera. These included “the lifting of sanctions and journey bans in addition to the return of Afghan central financial institution belongings held overseas,” in addition to human rights points and combating the narcotics commerce.

Based as an Islamic fundamentalist group, the Taliban has managed Afghanistan’s authorities since U.S. forces exited the nation in August 2021. Regardless of its preliminary guarantees to embrace trendy types of governance, the extremist group’s time in energy has been marked by a constant curbing of rights for ladies and women, together with banning them from holding most jobs, receiving schooling and touring with out male guardians, amongst different actions.

James Stavridis, NATO’s former supreme allied commander Europe, moderates a panel discuss on the 2018 Munich Safety Convention on February 16, 2018. He voiced assist this week for brand new U.S. negotiations with Afghanistan’s Taliban.
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Following the information, James Stavridis, who served within the U.S. Navy for almost 40 years and was a NATO allied commander from 2009 to 2013, took to Twitter to voice his assist for the negotiations, regardless of the necessity for progress on such issues as girls’s rights and getting Afghans who supported the U.S. army involvement safely in another country.

“As distasteful [as] the Taliban are, U.S. is sensible to barter,” Stavridis tweeted. “Hopefully we might help the state of affairs of ladies & women there. Additionally vital to proceed to work to get remaining Afghans who supported US efforts out safely. To do each these issues we should have interaction.”

The State Division confirmed the talks with the Taliban in a press release and famous its willingness to have interaction in continued negotiations about financial stability and the state of ladies’s rights in Afghanistan.

Newsweek reached out to the State Division through e-mail for additional remark.

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Armed Taliban fighters parade atop Humvee automobiles in Kabul on August 31, 2022, as they have a good time the primary anniversary of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
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For the reason that Taliban took management in 2021, no nation has formally acknowledged the group as Afghanistan’s rulers. Quite a few nations, together with Muslim-majority nations like Turkey and Saudi Arabia, have condemned the Taliban for his or her restrictions on girls’s rights and imposed extreme financial sanctions towards them.

The Taliban’s time in energy has additionally been marked by widespread meals insecurity in Afghanistan. Round 23 million residents, almost half of the nation’s inhabitants, have obtained help from the United Nations’ World Meals Program.