UPDATED 1:59 PM PT – Saturday, October 9, 2021
Joe Biden sent a delegation of diplomats to meet with Taliban leaders in Qatar. The group engaged in their first face-to-face meeting with the terrorist group since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan on Saturday.
A Taliban spokesperson told reporters they held detailed discussions with the American delegation, including about humanitarian assistance. Talks are expected to continue throughout Saturday and Sunday.
“This meeting is a continuation of the pragmatic engagements with the Taliban on issues of U.S. vital national interest,” said a U.S. official.
Today I had meeting with ambassadors and representatives of various countries including EU, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Canada, UK and USA here in Doha. Other members of IEA delegation consisted of Mawlavi Matiul Haq,President of the Afghan pic.twitter.com/6aGALjKn6J
— Suhail Shaheen. محمد سهیل شاهین (@suhailshaheen1) October 7, 2021
Each side is set to discuss safe passage for U.S. residents held in the country as the government has continued its efforts to help American citizens still in the region.
The official also said in the Doha meeting, the U.S. would make sure to hold “the Taliban to its commitment not to allow terrorists to use Afghan soil to threaten the security of the United States or its allies.”