KABUL: A delegation of the Islamic Emirate led by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi flew to Norway’s capital Oslo to attend the talks which will be held from January 23-25.
According to the details, Muttaqi will meet with Norwegian officials, representatives of the European Union, US and Arabic countries as well as Afghan politicians.
Meanwhile, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said, “Senior IEA delegation led by the FM H.E Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi left for Norway in a special flight of the said country where talks will be held with representatives of various countries & a number of Afghans about humanitarian aid, political, educational & economic issues.”
“We will hold talks with Norwegian officials, European Union, US also with the European and Arabic countries,” Muttaqi said.
On the other hand, Two top Norwegian authorities said that the invitation of the Islamic Emirate delegation to Oslo does not mean that Norway recognizes the Islamic Emirate government.
“I am very happy that we are talking to those who actually have power in Afghanistan now. Not because we recognize the Taliban as a legitimate government in any way, but because the Afghan people deserve better than what they are experiencing now,” Eirik Kristoffersen, chief of Armed Forces of Norway said.
Muttaqi is making his visit to Norway days after the European Union announced that it has re-established a minimal number of staff in Kabul.
Earlier, the group’s top spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said, “The Islamic Emirate has taken steps for meeting the demands of the Western world and we hope to strengthen our relations through diplomacy with all the countries, including European countries and the West in general.”
The Taliban want to “transform the atmosphere of war … into a peaceful situation.”
Talks between the Taliban and Western officials will open in Oslo on Sunday on human rights and humanitarian aid as a poverty crisis deepens in Afghanistan.