Biden admin says talks with the Taliban were “candid and professional”

Biden State Department spokesman Ned Price called talks with the Taliban were “candid and professional.”

“The discussions we’re candid and professional with the U.S. delegation reiterating that the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words,” Price said in a statement.

Per Axios Price also said in an emailed statement that the two sides discussed the U.S. providing “robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people” during talks in Qatar that concluded Sunday.

Per Reuters:

The foreign ministry in Kabul said the two-day meeting went well. It welcomed the U.S. offer of humanitarian assistance and said local authorities would facilitate delivery and cooperate with aid groups but said such assistance “should not be linked to political issues”.

“Detailed discussions were held during the meeting about all relevant issues. And efforts should be exerted to restore diplomatic relations to a better state,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that similar meetings would be held in future if required.