The US envoy to Afghanistan will continue negotiations with the Taliban next week, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ned Price said. said Tuesday.
Tom West travels to Afghanistan next week for two weeks of talks with Taliban leaders, according to Price.
“They will discuss … our vital national interests when it comes to Afghanistan, “Price said.
“It includes counter-terrorism, it includes safe passage for American citizens and for Afghans, to whom we have a special obligation, and it includes humanitarian aid and the country’s economic situation,” he added.
West has been the U.S. Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation for about six weeks, and before that he served as his predecessor in the role. He met with allies and separately with Taliban leaders earlier this month to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.
Talks between the Taliban and the United States have been going on since August, when the Afghan government fell after the United States withdrew from the country.
The Taliban have implemented their own government, leaving other countries to consider how they can provide aid to the Afghan people without directly supporting the Taliban.
Price said the United States is focused on providing humanitarian aid to the Afghan people, who are experiencing food shortages and droughts.
Earlier in the week, one Red Cross official said he was “excited” about the delays in aid to Afghanistan’s health system.