October 21, 2021

Biden administration to provide humanitarian relief to Afghanistan

The U.S. has made a deal with the Taliban to provide humanitarian relief to Afghanistan, but President Biden claims we will not recognize the Taliban, according to The Associated Press.

The news was released following direct talks between the leaders from Afghanistan and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar.

“The U.S. delegation focused on security and terrorism concerns and safe passage for U.S. citizens, other foreign nationals and our Afghan partners, as well as on human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

The news is the first major announcement of American support for Afghanistan since its military departure on Aug. 31. More than 100,000 Afghans were evacuated, along with Americans, as the Taliban took control of the nation following two decades of U.S. presence.

The Taliban have also said it will not help the U.S. stop the Islamic State in Afghanistan. The group’s support of terrorism makes it appear the U.S. is now negotiating with terrorists, traditionally an anti-American policy.

The news will be well accepted by those seeking to help those in need in Afghanistan, but it is unclear how working with the Taliban will make certain aid goes directly to the Afghan people.

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