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US-Taliban talks focus on economy, human rights, anti-drug trafficking

WASHINGTON/KABUL: The US officials told Afghanistan’s Taliban that Washington was open to technical talks on economic stability and discussions on combating narcotics trafficking, the US State Department said on Monday following two days of talks in Qatar.

Taliban officials raised the lifting of travel and other restrictions on Taliban leaders and the return of Afghan central bank assets held abroad, the Kabul administration said. The US side repeated concerns about “deteriorating” human rights and called anew on the Taliban to reverse bans on girls’ secondary education and womens’ employment and for the release of detained Americans, the State Department said in a statement.

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