(MENAFN) According to Taliban sources, the United States has informed Afghan Taliban authorities that it will not sponsor any armed organizations or non-state actors in the country.
The Taliban have welcomed the assurances as Tajik armed groups, which were previously backed by the West, continue to challenge the leadership of the group – despite the fact that the Taliban has successfully contained the National Resistance Front dominated by Tajiks and other groups aligned with the former Western-backed government since it returned to power in August last year.
The pledges were made earlier this month in Doha at a meeting between US State Department officials and Taliban leaders.
Although there are few details regarding the meeting in the Qatari capital, Taliban sources told Al Jazeera that its members met with members of a high-level US delegation, including the Deputy Director of the CIA.
It was the first meeting since the United States claimed to have killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike at his hideout in the Afghan capital Kabul in July.
Al-Zawahiri’s presence in Afghanistan has prompted the West to accuse the Taliban of breaking the 2020 Doha agreement, which stipulated that the Afghan group had pledged not to offer refuge to al-Qaeda and other armed organizations.
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