US cancels talks with Taliban over girls school closure | Education News

The transfer comes after the Taliban backtracked on its earlier dedication to open secondary colleges to women.

The US has cancelled deliberate talks with the Taliban in Qatar that had been set to handle key financial points after the group that’s now ruling Afghanistan reversed a call to permit ladies to return to secondary faculty.

The cancellation was the primary concrete signal that current Taliban strikes on human rights and inclusivity might straight have an effect on the worldwide group’s willingness to assist the group, a few of whose leaders are beneath US sanctions.

“On Tuesday, we joined hundreds of thousands of Afghan households in expressing our deep disappointment with the Taliban’s choice to not permit ladies and ladies to return to secondary faculty,” a State Division spokesperson stated on Friday.

“We’ve cancelled a few of our engagements, together with deliberate conferences in Doha [Qatar’s capital] across the Doha Discussion board, and made clear that we see this choice as a possible turning level in our engagement.”

Schoolgirls in Afghanistan
The US and its allies have insisted that the Taliban, which banned ladies from faculty and most girls from work the final time they dominated, enhance their human rights file [File: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters]

The transfer comes after the Taliban on Wednesday backtracked on their earlier dedication to open secondary colleges to women, saying that they might stay closed till a plan was drawn up for them to reopen.

The reversal shocked many, leaving college students in tears and sparking small protests by ladies within the capital Kabul.

It additionally drew condemnation from humanitarian businesses and international governments.

“This choice by the Taliban, if it isn’t swiftly reversed, will profoundly hurt the Afghan individuals, the nation’s prospects for financial development, and the Taliban’s ambition to enhance their relations with the worldwide group,” the spokesperson stated.

In a joint assertion on Thursday, the international ministers of the UK, Canada, France, Italy, Norway and the US, in addition to the excessive consultant of the European Union, stated the Taliban’s choice will hurt the group’s prospects for legitimacy.

The Taliban’s choice to maintain colleges shuttered for ladies got here after a gathering late on Tuesday by senior officers within the southern metropolis of Kandahar, the motion’s de facto energy middle and conservative non secular heartland.

It adopted months of labor by the worldwide group to handle the problem of supporting trainer stipends, and got here simply as Afghan ladies had been eagerly heading again to highschool for the primary time in seven months.

In the meantime, the deliberate talks between the US and Taliban had been designed to cowl points together with the independence of the Afghan central financial institution and the printing of Afghani foreign money notes.

Additionally up for dialogue had been a humanitarian alternate facility to release money and tons of of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} of funding presently held in a World Financial institution belief fund that’s earmarked for Afghanistan’s schooling sector, based on the three sources.

The Taliban have been unable to entry billions of {dollars} in international reserves held abroad as governments together with america refuse to completely recognise them.

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