Afghanistan’s Taliban representatives will come in Norway on Sunday for three days of discussions on ways to ease a humanitarian crisis, the Norwegian foreign ministry said on Friday.
“These gatherings do not imply the Taliban’s legitimacy or acknowledgment. However, we must speak with the country’s de facto authorities “Anniken Huitfeldt, Norway’s Foreign Minister, issued a statement.
“We cannot allow the political crisis to exacerbate an already dire humanitarian scenario,” she added.
Since last year’s Taliban takeover, millions of Afghans have fallen further into poverty, as assistance programs have been disrupted and food security has deteriorated.
The Taliban representatives will meet Norwegian authorities as well as diplomats from several other countries from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25.
“Meetings will also take place between the Taliban delegation and other Afghans with backgrounds from a range of fields. These include women leaders, journalists, and individuals working to safeguard human rights and address humanitarian, economic, social and political issues,” Norway said.