Taliban, US holds talks in Doha

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DOHA: The US special envoy to Afghanistan met with the Taliban’s chief diplomat and stressed international opposition to the group’s treatment of women and girls.
Since surging back to power last year, the Taliban have imposed a slew of restrictions on civil society, many focused on reining in the rights of women and girls.
Earlier this month, Afghanistan’s supreme leader ordered women to cover up fully in public, including their faces, ideally with the traditional burqa.
“Girls must be back in school, women free to move & work w/o restrictions for progress to normalised relations.”
US Special Representative on Afghanistan Thomas West wrote on Twitter Sunday of his meeting in Qatar with the Taliban’s foreign minister Amir Khan Mutaqi. –Agencies