EU Envoy, Taliban Discuss Peace, Foreign Citizens’ Safety in Afghanistan

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KABUL: The newly appointed European Union Representative for Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson and his delegation has met with the deputy political leader of Taliban, Shir Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai in Qatar to discuss the Afghan peace process. 

Taliban in a statement on Sunday said that the group welcomed the appointment of Niklasson as new EU envoy for Afghanistan and hoped for strengthening relations between the Taliban and the union.

The statement said that the two sides discussed the ongoing peace process, the departure of foreign forces, EU humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, and the safety of foreign diplomats and citizens in Afghanistan. 

 “The Board of the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) once again assured the health and safety of diplomats and staff of human sectors and added that the safety of diplomats and staff of human sectors is part of the national interests of our country and is our responsibility, the Taliban statement read.

A month back, Australia announced it was closing its embassy in Kabul due to what it said for security reasons.
Many foreign embassies in Kabul have sent some of their workers to their home countries and alerted their citizens against traveling to Afghanistan.