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US special envoys meet Qatari Minister of state for international cooperation

US Special Representative Thomas West and US special envoy for Afghanistan’s women, Girls, and Human Rights met with Lolwah Rashid Al Khater, Minister of State for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Tuesday.

During the meeting, both sides discussed cooperation relations between the two countries, the outcome of the two days of Washington-Kabul talks hosted by Doha and the ways to support Afghanistan’s health, education, and economic sectors.

US Special Representative Thomas West tweeted that in the meeting with Alkhater, they discussed Qatar’s efforts to support the education and entrepreneurship of Afghan women and girls.

Meanwhile, in a tweet, Amiri said they discussed “concrete support for Afghan women & girls in areas of education & economic empowerment.”

At a press conference, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas Greenfield said, “We do not recognize the Taliban.”

“We believe Afghan girls should be allowed to return to school and Afghan women back to work. Moreover, we have continued to put pressure on the Taliban. We do not recognize the Taliban,” said Linda Thomas Greenfield. 

Linda Thomas Greenfield added that the US has not given “any support to the Taliban due to their decision not to allow girls to return to school, as we address these human rights issues in the Council during our presidency. Certainly, Afghanistan will be at the top of that list.” 

Since the return of the Taliban to power in August 2021, the group has increased their suppressive policies, which have vanished women from public space, including education and employment.