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Taliban representatives are in Norway


Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide (Ap). Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

Of NTB | 15.05.2024 11:30:23

Policy: – It is not Taliban leaders, but groups representing the movement, who are in Norway to facilitate inter-Afghan dialogue, says Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide (Ap) to VG.

He also confirms that there is a conference taking place in Norway these days. This is a forum with representatives from various groups of Afghans, which Norway has facilitated, because the Norwegian authorities are concerned about the situation in Afghanistan.

The dialogue forum Afghanistan Future Thought Forum (AFTF) met in Oslo on Monday, and the conference ends on Wednesday.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the conference brought together around 35 Afghans, with representation from women, minorities and different political views.

– Norway has been active in Afghanistan, also in the Taliban era before 2001, and we were heavily present during the 20 years of UN and ISAF presence. And we have no intention of giving up on the Afghan people. In any case, it would be wrong to say that we should stop contact with the Taliban now that they are in power, adds the foreign minister.


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