Representatives of Afghanistan's Taliban government opened three days of talks with Western government officials and Afghan women's rights and human rights activists in Norway on Sunday, The Associated Press reported.
According to NBC News, the U.S. delegation said it plans to discuss "the formation of a representative political system; responses to the urgent humanitarian and economic crises; security and counterterrorism concerns; and human rights, especially education for girls and women."
A video clip that showed Taliban fighters laughing at a female journalist who asked if women would be able to hold elected office under Taliban rule went viral around the time of the U.S. withdrawal last summer.
#AfghanWomen #Afghanistan #Taliban
🟥 Accepteriez-vous des gouverner avec des femmes ?
- Arrêtez de filmer, ça m'a fait rire !
🔴 Would you agree to govern with women?
- Stop filming, it made me laugh!
🟤 ¿Aceptarían de gobernar junto con mujeres ?
- Deja de filmar, me hizo reír! pic.twitter.com/blFf0ty6Ru
— Carlos MORENO (@CarlosMorenoFr) August 18, 2021
Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, who leads the Taliban delegation to Oslo, said he hopes the trip will be "a gateway for a positive relationship with Europe." His delegation previously attended meetings in Russia, Iran, Qatar, Pakistan, China, and Turkmenistan.
He is also expected to press for Western countries to unfreeze nearly $10 billion of Afghan money.
According to the United Nations, most of Afghanistan's 38 million people live below the poverty line, and as many as one million children are in danger of starvation, Politico reported.