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Germany Holds First Talks With Taliban In Afghanistan

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Germany has sent high-ranking diplomats to Kabul to meet with the Taliban for the first time since they took power in Afghanistan.

The German Foreign Ministry said in a statement that special representative for Afghanistan Jasper Wieck and ambassador-designate Markus Potzel met on November 18 with high-ranking officials from the Taliban government. The delegation was accompanied by Dutch special representative Emiel de Bont.

“Both sides highlighted the importance of continued operational contacts on issues where practical cooperation is both necessary and possible, in particular to address the humanitarian plight of the Afghan people,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Western governments are looking for ways to engage the Taliban and address the country’s dire humanitarian situation, but want to avoid direct support for new government, which is not internationally recognized.

Similar to other countries, the German Embassy in Kabul was evacuated in mid-August as the Taliban took control of the capital. Continue Reading

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