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    Taliban leaders meet with British officials

    Taliban leaders met Tuesday with officials from Britain for the first time since they took control of Afghanistan, a move the group hopes will pave the way for the nation to refill its coffers, which are on the brink of economic collapse.

    Meanwhile, the Taliban reported that they arrested 11 members of the Islamic State group.

    The Taliban’s meeting with British diplomats in the capital, Kabul, came a day after they held a meeting with an Iranian delegation, another event happening for the first time since they took over, to discuss trade relations, a key driver of Afghanistan’s economy.

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    The Taliban met with Gimon Gass, the British prime minister’s senior representative for the Afghan transition, and Martin Longden, the British mission’s chargé d’affaires for Afghanistan, in Doha, Qatar.

    The meeting represented Britain’s first diplomatic visit to the nation since the Taliban seized Kabul on Aug. 15 and took control of the country following the withdrawal of U.S. soldiers.

    After the meeting, Longden tweeted that they had held important discussions with Taliban leaders, which covered a wide range of issues, including the humanitarian crisis, terrorism and the importance of safe passage for Britons and Afghans, and the rights of women and girls.

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    However, he did not officially recognize his government, something the Taliban wants, and described the meeting as a test.

    It’s very early days and, unsurprisingly, there are points of difference between us. But there are very difficult challenges ahead for Afghanistan (and beyond), he tweeted. “The right thing to do is to test whether we can engage pragmatically and find common ground, in the interests of both the UK and the Afghan people.

    In a statement, the Taliban said it was committed to good relations with all countries. In return, we want the international community to return the Afghan nation’s cash capital to our country, he said, referring to the billions of dollars of Afghan assets frozen in U.S. accounts.

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    Alex Dawit
    Alex Dawit
    Alex Dawit is Journalist of the Awutar. He had completed his graduation in Journalism and Communication, Pakistan. He is passionate about News, Blogging & Research Writing. You can contact him via: [email protected]

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