The Taliban held their first face-to-face talks with a joint US-EU delegation Tuesday (12 October) in Qatar, as Brussels pledged one billion euros ($1.2 billion) in aid for Afghanistan.
At the Doha meeting and a conference of the world’s major economies, the G20, the message for the Taliban was the same: the world is committed to humanitarian aid for Afghanistan’s suffering people, and the country must not become a base for militants.
IMAGES from meeting between Taliban regime delegation and ambassadors and representatives of US, EU and other western countries in Doha. #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/48oUFVHgAS
— FJ (@Natsecjeff) October 12, 2021
The European Union opened the virtual G20 summit by pledging the one-billion-euro aid package, including money for urgent humanitarian needs and Afghanistan’s neighbours taking in Afghans fleeing the Taliban.
The Afghan people should not pay the price of the Taliban’s actions.
Today, we announce a support package worth around €1 billion for the Afghan people and neighbouring countries.
We must do all we can to avert a major humanitarian collapse in Afghanistan.#EUSolidarity
— European Commission