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Taliban, U.S. envoys talk about launch of two American prisoners at third Doha assembly

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid (left) leaves after attending a press convention in Kabul on July 03, 2024, following the third Doha assembly.
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The Taliban’s delegation to the third United Nations-led Doha assembly on rising engagement with Afghanistan met with U.S. envoys on the sidelines and mentioned the 2 Americans imprisoned within the central Asian nation.

Zabihullah Mujahid advised reporters in Kabul on July 3 that the assembly aimed toward “finding a solution.”

He stated: “During our meetings, we talked about the two American citizens who are in prison in Afghanistan,” including “but they must accept Afghanistan’s conditions. We also have prisoners in America, prisoners in Guantanamo. We should free our prisoners in exchange for them.”

Special Representative Thomas West and Special Envoy Rina Amiri met instantly with the Taliban, based on State Department spokesman Vedant Patel. Mr. West pressed for “the immediate and unconditional release of U.S. citizens unjustly detained in Afghanistan,” Mr. Patel stated on July 2.

When prodded if there was any headway on the matter, Mr. Patel stated the problem “was just raised.”

One of the 2 Americans believed to be held by the Taliban for practically two years is Ryan Corbett who was kidnapped August 10, 2022, after returning to Afghanistan, the place he and his household had been dwelling on the time of the collapse of the U.S.-backed authorities there a 12 months earlier.

He arrived on a legitimate 12-month visa to pay and practice employees as a part of a enterprise enterprise he led aimed toward selling Afghanistan’s personal sector via consulting companies and lending. Mr. Corbett has since been shuttled between a number of prisons, although his attorneys say he has not been seen since final December by anybody aside from the folks with whom he was detained.

It was the primary time that representatives of the Afghan Taliban administration attended the U.N.-sponsored assembly within the Qatari capital on June 30 and July 1 that centered on rising engagement with Afghanistan. However, a U.N. official stated July 1 the gathering didn’t translate right into a recognition of the Taliban authorities.

Envoys from some two dozen international locations additionally attended the conferences.

The Taliban weren’t invited to the primary assembly, and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated they set unacceptable circumstances for attending the second, in February, together with calls for that Afghan civil society members be excluded from the talks and that the Taliban be handled because the nation’s reputable rulers.

Ahead of Doha, representatives of Afghan ladies had been excluded from attending, paving the way in which for the Taliban to ship their envoys — although the organizers insisted that calls for for ladies’s rights can be raised.

Mujahid stated there was a possibility for them to satisfy with representatives of assorted international locations they usually had 24 sideline conferences.

He added that the messages from the Taliban “reached all participating” international locations on the assembly. Afghanistan wants cooperation with the personal sector and within the struggle in opposition to medicine, he additionally stated. “Most countries expressed their willingness to cooperate in these areas.”

No nation formally acknowledges the Taliban and the U.N. has stated that recognition stays virtually inconceivable whereas bans on feminine schooling and employment stay in place.

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