President Biden’s State Department praised the Taliban’s “professional” behavior during a recent meeting with U.S. delegates.
Fox News reports:
State Department Spokesman Ned Price issued a readout on the meetings in Doha, Qatar, with “senior Taliban representatives.” The statement said that the “U.S. delegation focused on security and terrorism concerns and safe passage for U.S. citizens, other foreign nationals and our Afghan partners, as well as on human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society.”
“The two sides also discussed the United States’ provision of robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people,” Price added. “The discussions were candid and professional with the U.S. delegation reiterating that the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words.”
This is not the first time the Biden administration used similar language to describe the Taliban since the U.S. was forced to abandon its embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. National Security Council Spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement last month that the Taliban was being “cooperative” in allowing Americans to depart Afghanistan. She added that they “have shown flexibility, and they have been businesslike and professional in our dealings with them in this effort.”
In September press secretary Jen Psaki also described the Taliban as “businesslike” during the botched Afghanistan withdrawal.
“We are here to celebrate the return of American citizens who wanted to leave Afghanistan… In order to get those people out, we had to work with some members of the Taliban to press them and to work in a businesslike manner to get them out,” Psaki said.
The State Department’s choice to praise the Taliban comes as other reports continue to emerge of the Taliban’s violence against women and those who oppose the new leaders.