A delegation of the Afghan Taliban, led by Foreign Minister (FM) Amir Khan Muttaqi, met women activists and journalists in Oslo, Norway.
“It was a positive icebreaking meeting,” feminist activist Jamila Afghani told AFP.
“They listened patiently and responded to most of our concerns. Let’s see what their actions will be, based on their words,” she added.
Anas Haqqani, a leader of the most violent faction of the Taliban movement, is also a part of the delegation.
Following the talks, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted: “Afghanistan is the shared home of all Afghans. They need to work together for the political, economic and security prosperity of the country.”
Taliban representatives will meet delegations from other western nations [United States (US), France, Britain, Germany, Italy and the European Union (EU)] today (Monday) and will be certain to press their demand to unfreeze $10 billion by the US and other western countries as the country is currently facing a humanitarian crisis.
It has been confirmed by Norwegian FM Anniken Huitfeldt that the meetings are not for legitimation or recognition of the Taliban.
So far, the Taliban have visited Russia, Iran, Qatar, Pakistan, China and Turkmenistan.