Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide has revealed that delegates from the Taliban have been in Norway for negotiations.
The exact number of meetings between the two parties has been kept secret with only confirmation that talks have been held in the past.
At the same time, Minister Barth Eide declares that Norway has “played a key role” in getting the Taliban an official political role in Afghanistan.with the Afghan president Hamid Karzai.
The Taliban is currently establishing an office in Qatar capital Doha. President Hamid Karzai confirms he will be sending delegates to forthcoming talks there.
NRK asked Norway Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide if he viewed it as problematic Norwegian forces were fighting in Afghanistan at the same time diplomats were working on getting the Taliban to the negotiating table.
Replying these have been his thoughts exactly for a long time, he added, “but an almost united international community has thought we have to get to talks with the Taliban for many years.”
“It has been clear that a full military victory where the Taliban were removed from the face of the earth was impossible to achieve.”
Today’s news from Norway comes on the same day that Afghan forces have taken over responsibility for security in the country from NATO.