A Taliban delegation on Sunday began three days of talks in Norway’s capital Oslo with Afghan civil society representatives, Norwegian authorities, and officials from the international community.
The talks come amid a deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
On the first day, the Taliban delegation, led by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, held a closed-door meeting with Afghan civil society representatives.
Abdul Qahar Balkhi, spokesperson for the interim Afghan Foreign Ministry, confirmed on Twitter that the delegation met with a number of “Afghan personalities” in Norway.
The participants agreed that “understanding and joint cooperation are the only solutions” to Afghanistan’s problems, the statement further said.
According to the UN, half of Afghanistan’s population now faces acute hunger, more than 9 million people have been displaced, and millions of children are out of school.