Islamic Emirate Meets With Envoys of 7 Nations, EU in Oslo

Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and his delegation met with the envoys of the European Union and seven countries on Monday in Oslo, according to the Foreign Ministry.  

The Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said on Twitter that the delegation met with the EU special envoy plus those from the US, UK, Norway, Germany, Italy, France, and Qatar.  

“The meeting focused on discussions about the economy, humanitarian aid, security, the central bank, health and other relevant issues,” he said, “The discussions are in progress, a full report will follow.” 

The US special envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West in a series of tweets on Sunday evening said that the US and allies were seeking ways to address the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.    

“As we seek to address (the) humanitarian crisis together with allies, partners, and relief organizations, we will continue clear-eyed diplomacy with the Taliban regarding our concerns and our abiding interest in a stable, rights-respecting and inclusive Afghanistan,” he said.  

Political analysts believe that such meetings could play a vital role in solving the problems in the country.  

“There is a need to take a constructive step inside Afghanistan for the formation of an inclusive and sustainable government,” said professor Sayed Baqir Mohseni.  

The Islamic Emirate characterized Norway’s initiative as preliminary steps for the recognition of the Afghan government, however, the Norwegian foreign ministry said that the meetings were “not a legitimation or recognition of the Taliban.”