Afghanistan: Speaking with the Taliban, Does Recognizing Them?

Representatives of the European Union spoke with the Taliban in Doha. Diplomats deny recognition of the Islamist government. Two experts debate.

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EIs it possible to discuss with a government that harms women and violates their rights? A European Union special envoy for Afghanistan (along with US officials) met Taliban diplomats in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday. “This is an informal exchange at a technical level”, specifies Nabila Massrali, spokesperson for the European External Action Service. “This does not constitute recognition of the ‘interim government’. “

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