The Taliban will come to Norway to discuss the crisis and human rights

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Norwegian Foreign Ministry: Taliban delegation to come to Oslo for human rights talks

«Талибан» приедет в Норвегию для обсуждения кризиса и прав человека

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The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced talks between the Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) with a number of European states and representatives of civil society to prevent the crisis from worsening. This is reported by The Guardian with reference to the head of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry Anniken Huitfeldt.

The Taliban delegation will come to the meeting and will stay in Oslo from January 23 to 25. The main topic for discussion will be the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and issues related to ensuring human rights. Huitfeldt stated that this initiative has nothing to do with legitimizing the radical government.

“We need to talk to the de facto authorities of the country. We cannot allow the political situation to lead to an even greater humanitarian catastrophe,” the Foreign Minister explained.

The Minister did not specify who would come to the talks. However, according to the Norwegian newspaper VG, the meeting will be attended by Afghan human rights defenders in exile, as well as delegates from Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, the EU and the USA.

Earlier, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that today 11.8 million girls and women in Afghanistan need urgent humanitarian assistance. First of all, they need food, medical care, education, livelihood opportunities and protection services.

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