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  • Updated: January 24, 2022

Taliban Delegation Arrives Oslo For Talks

A Taliban delegation led by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi has started a three-day talk with western governments in Oslo, Norway.

The talks with Western government officials and Afghan civil society representatives started on Sunday in the Norwegian capital and will see Taliban representatives meeting with women’s rights activists and human rights defenders from Afghanistan and from the Afghan diaspora.

The delegation will be pushed on promises to uphold human rights in return for access to billions of dollars in frozen humanitarian aid, Al-Jazeera reported.

In their first visit to Europe since taking power in August, the Taliban will meet Norwegian officials as well as representatives of the US, France, the UK, Germany, Italy and the European Union.

“In Norway, we have a meeting with the US and also with the European Union on matters of mutual interest," Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman said on Sunday.

"And one part of our meetings would be with our Afghan diaspora who are outside the country, especially in Europe.

“Their ideas, consultations and plans will be heard. This means that meetings for mutual understanding will continue between Afghans.”

In the buildup to the meetings, Mariam Atahi, an Afghan journalist and women’s rights activist, urged the Taliban to release three women she said had been abducted by the group while protesting for their right to education.

She said; “If they want to have the recognition, if they want to govern Afghanistan, they have to recognise the human rights, the rights to education, the rights to political participation."

However, Taliban officials have denied beating and arresting women’s rights activists.

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Quadri Adejumo
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