DOHA, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) – The Afghan Taliban announced on Saturday that a high-level delegation from their government had met with a US delegation in the Qatari capital Doha, marking the first such gathering since the US withdrawal Afghanistan at the end of August and the first overseas visit by representatives of the Taliban government.

The two sides discussed opening a new chapter in bilateral relations, and Taliban officials called on the US side to lift the ban on frozen assets at the Afghan Central Bank, said Amir Khan Muttaqi, minister of affairs. acting foreigners of the new administration.

The Taliban delegation also urged the US side to respect the sovereignty of Afghan airspace and not interfere in its affairs, he said, stressing that the focus was on humanitarian aid. and the implementation of all the provisions of the Doha agreement reached between the two parties in February. , 2020.

The delegation will meet in the coming days with representatives of the European Union to discuss the latest developments, according to Muttaqi.

The Twitter account of a Taliban spokesperson said that on Friday a high-level delegation led by Muttaqi traveled to Doha to meet with Qatari officials and representatives of other countries on the current political situation and foreign relations. from the country.

Qatar plays a major role in the Afghan issue, as it facilitated the evacuation and transfer of tens of thousands of people from Kabul, helped reopen Kabul airport to receive aid and flights, and has provided financial assistance to Afghanistan estimated at US $ 50 million, according to official statements.

The Taliban have had a political office in Doha since 2013. The Qatari capital has for years witnessed negotiations between the Taliban and the United States and it is there that the peace agreement between the two parties was signed in February. last year, which provided for the withdrawal of foreign Afghan forces.

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