Top diplomats from China, the United States, Russia and Pakistan will discuss the situation in Afghanistan this week, according to the Chinese and US Ministries of Foreign Affairs. Taliban representatives have also been invited to talks in the center of Huangshan city.
Afghanistan is experiencing an economic and humanitarian crisis, which has been exacerbated by the suspension of US financial aid following the Taliban’s takeover. US-led troops withdrew in August.
The Taliban, along with other members of the so-called ‘expanded triangle’ – the three world powers – believe that the Taliban are interested in working together to form a government comprising the Taliban, counter-terrorism and rebuild Afghanistan. Economy, the US State Department said.
On Friday, the United States suspended another scheduled meeting with the Taliban in anger over the recent ban on girls’ education in Afghanistan.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has already arrived in Huangshan for talks. Lavrov spent most of his time in Russia after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last month, but recently traveled to Turkey to hold talks with his Ukrainian envoy.