Taliban meet German, Dutch diplomats

In Afghanistan the Taliban are seeking international support amid a deteriorating economy and worsening humanitarian crisis.

The Taliban's acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, met envoys from Germany and the Netherlands on Thursday in an effort to strengthen relations.

The Taliban say they discussed humanitarian aid and political relations. They also discussed ways to pay the salaries of teachers and health workers. The Taliban said the salaries should be deposited directly into the bank accounts of workers to avoid delays.

The Afghan economy is collapsing and the humanitarian crisis is worsening as the country's overseas assets remain frozen.
The Taliban interim government is not internationally recognized. Countries, including the United States, are calling on the group to form an inclusive government.