Girls’ schools closed, US cancels talks with Taliban

The United States has announced it will cancel talks with the Taliban in Doha following an order from the Afghan government to close girls’ secondary schools.

According to the French news agency AFP, US State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Jalina Porter said in a statement on Friday that “we have canceled some of our scheduled meetings with the Taliban, including the Doha Forum, and have made it clear that we The decision to close is seen as a possible turning point in our policy.

The Taliban closed girls’ secondary schools just hours after they reopened this week. Since taking office in Afghanistan in August 2021, he has sought to have his government recognized by the international community.

Porter added that if the decision was not immediately reversed by the Taliban, it would severely damage the Afghan people, the country’s economic development prospects and the Taliban’s intentions to improve its relations with the international community. Will arrive

“For the future of Afghanistan and for the Taliban’s relationship with the international community, we urge the Afghan government to live up to its promises and work with its people. We, the Afghan girls and their families, They stand by those who see education as important to the development of Afghanistan’s society and economy.

The Taliban’s decision to close girls’ schools came after a key meeting of senior officials in the southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, when Afghan girls were returning to school for the first time in seven months.

The Taliban had promised more flexible and flexible policies than their first government from 1996 to 2001 after returning to power.

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