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The final day of talks between the Taliban and Western diplomats began in Oslo with a bilateral meeting with Norwegian government officials focused largely on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

OSLO, Norway – The final day of talks between the Taliban and Western diplomats began in Oslo with a bilateral meeting with Norwegian government officials focused largely on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

The three-day talks began on Sunday with talks between the Taliban and members of Afghan civil society, followed on Monday by multilateral talks with Western diplomats from the EU, US, Britain, France, Italy and Norway. Bilateral talks with all parties, including independent humanitarian organizations, are expected on Tuesday.

The closed-door meetings are taking place in a hotel in the snow-capped mountains above the Norwegian capital and are expected to cover everything from education to humanitarian aid to greater inclusion.

They come at a crucial time for Afghanistan, as freezing temperatures deepen the downward spiral of misery that accompanied the fall of the US-backed government and the rise of the Taliban.

Aid groups and international agencies estimate that around 23 million people, more than half of the country, face severe starvation and nearly 9 million are on the brink of starvation. People have resorted to selling goods to buy food, burning furniture for warmth, and even selling their children. The United Nations managed to provide cash and enabled the Taliban administration to pay for imports, including electricity.

Faced with the Taliban’s demand to release nearly $10 billion frozen by the United States and other Western countries, Western powers are likely to put the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan at the top of their agenda, alongside at the recurrent request of the West towards the Taliban administration. share power with minority ethnic and religious groups in Afghanistan.

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