On Sunday, the Taliban met with representatives of civil society in Afghanistan, including several women’s organizations. Jameela Afghani is the head of the Afghanistan branch of the International Women’s League for Peace and Freedom. She tells NRK that the meeting went well. Discussions took place on the economic crisis, human rights and women’s rights.
The Taliban were also delighted on the day of their debut in Norway.
“During the meeting, the participants sat down and patiently listened to each other and exchanged views on the current situation in the country,” the delegation wrote in a statement.
“The delegates at the meeting felt that understanding and cooperation were the only solution to Afghanistan’s problems. All participants unanimously declared that such meetings were of interest to the country.
The most important political meeting is scheduled for Monday with ambassadors from the United States, the United Kingdom and several EU countries. Sweden was not invited to the meeting, the foreign ministry said.
According to the newspaper VG and the media company NRK, the Afghan delegation will not meet with Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt. He was the one who invited the Taliban to Norway, but insisted that the official meeting was not about recognition. “In practice we need to talk to those who rule the country today,” the foreign minister said in a statement. The focus will be on the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, where millions of people are threatened by famine.
In Norway Is Pictures of Taliban representatives traveling to Norway on a private plane Raised criticism from many quarters.
Fabian Stong, a former Conservative politician and mayor of Oslo, tells VG that he reacted harshly to the films.
– He says that when the Norwegian people see us taking terrorists not only in first class, but also on private planes, they are cursed.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, the cost of air travel between Kabul and Norway SEK is associated with 3.6 million. Security arrangements related to the meeting cost approximately the same.
There are protesters in Oslo In recent days the Taliban have been protesting against the call to Norway. Activist Meena Rafique is skeptical and calls on Norway to send full Taliban representatives to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
– We are scared. This is the first step towards recognition, he tells the NRK that we do not want the Taliban to come here.
The Norwegian initiative is receiving support from many quarters. Former Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrm is chairing the Afghanistan Women’s Forum. “The question is not whether we can talk to the Taliban, but how to talk to the Taliban,” he wrote in a statement.
According to Margot Wallstrm The talks are taking place in Oslo at a crucial time in the history of Afghanistan. Along with the humanitarian crisis, the country also needs immediate attention to the economic and social crisis.
“Everyone understands the need for commitment, but this meeting should be an opportunity to remind and stress the Taliban about women and human rights. Afghans, especially Afghan women, follow the meeting as closely as women around the world,” Margot Wallstrm wrote.
“Women make up more than half of the population, with the exception of those who fail to save lives and fail to create a viable state in the long run.
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