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L ES Taliban will hold Oslo's next week discussions with Europeans and Americans centered on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan , for Their first official visit in the West since their return to power in August, the Norwegian diplomacy on Friday announced.

A delegation of the Islamist movement will be in Norway from 23 to 25 January and will meet with representatives of the Norwegian authorities and other allied countries, as well as members of Afghan civil society.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs clarified that the United States , the France , the United Kingdom , Germany, Italy and the EU would be represented.

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"We are extremely concerned about the serious humanitarian situation in Afghanistan where millions of people face a large-scale humanitarian disaster," said Norwegian diplomacy, Anniken Huitfeldt, in a statement.

"In order to help the civilian population in Afghanistan, it is essential that both the international community and Afghans of different facets of society engage a dialogue with the Taliban," she added.

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has taken a dramatic tour since August and the return to power of the Taliban, confronted with crates almost empty after their flash conquest of the country.

International aid, which funded nearly 80% of the Afghan budget, suddenly arrested, and the United States also frozen $ 9.5 billion in assets from the Afghan Central Bank.

"Not recognition"

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The Talibane delegation will be led by Afghan Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi.

"This (visit) will pave the way for discussions, meetings and agreements with the countries of the European Union," the Afghan government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP.

exchanges will also take place with Washington representatives on "outstanding issues", as unlocking Afghan funds, he added.

Famine today threatens 23 million Afghans, or 55% of the population, according to the United Nations, which requires $ 4.4 billion in donor countries this year to deal with the humanitarian crisis in the country.

emphasizing that Norway would be "clear" for its expectations, particularly with regard to girls' education and human rights, Ms. Huitfeldt said that the planned meetings "do not constitute a legitimation or recognition of the Taliban" .

"But we have to talk to the authorities who de facto the country. We can not let the political situation lead to even more serious humanitarian disaster," she said.

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If the European Union announced the restoration of "a minimum presence" of its staff in Kabul to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan, no country has for the moment recognized the Government of the Government. Taliban.

After participating in the international Enduring Freedom operation that chased them out of power in 2001, Norway, customary mediations, has maintained a dialogue with the Taliban for several years.

Women's right The international community, however, to see how the Islamist fundamentalists intend to govern Afghanistan, after having largely trampled human rights during their first passage between 1996 and 2001.

The Taliban ensure modernized, But women are largely excluded from public jobs and girls' secondary schools remain mostly closed.

A Oslo, their delegation should also meet women, journalists and active people in the fields of human rights, humanitarian and economic, social and political issues, Norway has indicated Norway without providing names.

Before Norway, the Taliban has at this stage visits to Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Doha where they have had interviews with American representatives.

Several countries, including Pakistan, Russia, China, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Iran, have kept their embassies open in Kabul after the Taliban victory, without however recognizing their government.

Western diplomats had begun to evacuate their staff in the first half of 2021, when American troops started their operations to permanently withdraw from Afghanistan. A withdrawal that ended at the end of August by the chaotic evacuation of 120,000 people facing the arrival of the Taliban.

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