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A spokesperson for the European Commission confirmed that the union had started to “restore a minimal presence” in Afghanistan

The European Union (EU) has become the first Western institution to “to re-establish” its presence in Afghanistan after EU member states and other nations abandoned the country ahead of the Taliban takeover of Kabul in August.

“The EU has started to re-establish a minimum presence of EU International Delegation staff in order to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and to monitor the humanitarian situation,” European Commission foreign affairs spokesman Peter Stano confirmed.

The Taliban tweeted ahead of the EU statement that the EU had “officially opened its embassy with a permanent presence in Kabul and has practically started its operations” after “to come to an understanding” between the bloc and the militant group.

Despite returning to the Middle Eastern country, the EU has refused to recognize the Taliban-led administration as the official government of Afghanistan, calling them “de facto authorities”.


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This decision by the European Commission comes as the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has invited representatives of the Taliban to Oslo to meet with the international community and members of Afghan civil society.

“These meetings do not represent legitimization or recognition of the Taliban. But we need to talk to the de facto authorities in the country. We cannot let the political situation lead to an even worse humanitarian disaster,” he added. said Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt.

The Taliban addressed the planned visit on Friday, saying a high-level delegation led by Acting Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi will leave for Oslo on Saturday.

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