Taliban hold talks with EU-US delegation

Taliban representatives have held face-to-face talks with a joint EU-US delegation on measures to avert a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
The meeting took place in Qatar shortly before a G-20 summit took place.

During the talks, the Taliban acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi reportedly said any weakening of the government would have a negative impact on the world, with deteriorating security in the country and a flood of economic refugees.

The envoys said they hope to increase humanitarian aid to Afghanistan by the end of the year.

The country is now facing a cash shortage and looming economic disaster as the Afghan government's overseas assets have been frozen since the Taliban takeover.

The acting foreign minister asked the envoys to unfreeze the assets which are believed to amount to more than nine billion dollars.

He said the money is needed to pay for, among other things, the salaries of some 500,000 government employees' going back several months.