The Taliban delegation will discuss women’s and human rights in the first day of talks in Oslo

The first Taliban delegation to visit Europe since returning to power in Afghanistan began talks in Oslo on Sunday. Ahead of the much-anticipated meeting with Western officials, members of Afghan civil society are understood to have held talks focusing on human rights.

The delegation, led by External Affairs Minister Aamir Khan Mutaki, will dedicate talks with women activists and journalists on the first day of their three-day visit. The Norwegian-mediated talks focused on human rights and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan are being held in secret at the Soria Moria Hotel on the outskirts of Oslo. The humanitarian situation has deteriorated since the Taliban, who returned to power 20 years after being ousted, came to power.

After the occupation, international aid was abruptly cut off, and the plight of millions of people suffering from famine became even more dire after a series of serious crises. Hardline Islamists were ousted by a US-led coalition in 2001, but have not been able to leave the country. So far, no country has recognized the Taliban government. “The talks do not represent the legitimacy of the Taliban,” said Norwegian Foreign Minister Aniken Huitfelt. “But we have to talk to the real authorities in the country,” he said.

We must not allow the political situation to escalate into a worse humanitarian crisis. ” On Monday, the Taliban will meet with representatives of the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Italy and the European Union, and on Tuesday will hold bilateral talks with Norwegian officials. In an interview with AFP on Saturday, Taliban spokesman Jabihullah Mujahid said talks were needed by hardline Islamists to transform the war and establish peace.

Anas Haqqani, the leader of the Taliban’s hardline faction, has arrived in Oslo from Kabul to join the delegation. The Haqqani network is responsible for some of the most devastating attacks in Afghanistan. He was imprisoned for a few years in the United States’ Bagram detention center outside the capital, Kabul, before being released in 2019 without a formal government official.

By Auther