The US delegation will meet with representatives of the radical Taliban movement (banned in Russia) in Doha, the capital of Qatar. This is reported by Reuters.

According to the agency, the meeting of American representatives with the Taliban will take place over the weekend. The US delegation will include State Department officials, USAID and intelligence representatives. It is noted that they will “put pressure on the Taliban” to ensure safe departure from Afghanistan for US citizens and others, as well as to release the kidnapped American Mark Frerichs.

According to the representative of the US administration, the meeting will be “a continuation of pragmatic interaction with the Taliban”, which the Americans are conducting on “issues of vital national interest.” “This meeting is not about recognition or confirmation of legitimacy,” he stressed.

Earlier, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Mark Milley, noted that the Taliban had not severed ties with another terrorist organization, Al—Qaeda (banned in Russia). He stressed that Washington will continue to recognize the Taliban as terrorists.