Younis Sultani and Shahla Sultani were among the Norwegian-Afghans who protested against the Taliban’s visit to Norway on Friday afternoon. The siblings handed over a sheet of paper containing the requests that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chikporn Tenfjord, had received.
The Norwegians-Afghans are demanding that Norway extradite the Taliban’s foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaki, to a human rights court in The Hague after he landed in Norway. They believe he should be prosecuted instead of being called for talks at the ministerial level.
– Norway cannot negotiate with the Taliban. Do not trust the Taliban. They did nothing wrong, but many of the protesters said they were killing and torturing people in Afghanistan.
This weekend, the Taliban will pay an official visit to Norway. The Taliban delegation will land in Oslo on Sunday, January 23, the Foreign Ministry said. A press release.
They are coming to Norway to participate in talks with several actors. Members of civil society from many countries and Afghanistan will attend.
This is the first time extremist Islamists have fled to the West since seizing power in Afghanistan.
Three day long visit
The news came on Friday morning, just days after the Norwegian ambassador to Afghanistan. He visited the country with two diplomats.
The Taliban will retaliate for this visit. The plan is for radical Islamists to stay in Oslo from Sunday, January 23 to Tuesday, January 25. Aftenposten has spoken with sources who work closely with planning. They say the program consists of three parts:
Meetings between Taliban representatives and Afghan civil society. The latter includes Afghan journalists and bisexual activists.
2. Meetings between Taliban representatives and special envoys to the West. Special envoys from Norway, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the European Union and Italy will attend.
Bilateral talks between Norway and the Taliban.
It is not yet known who the Taliban are sending, except for a delegation led by Foreign Minister Aamir Khan Mutaki. He led a delegation to visit Iran in early January.
On Twitter, Islamic Emirates Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balki announced that the delegation, led by Mutaki, would meet on Thursday to discuss and prepare for the trip. The Islamic Emirate is the name given to Afghanistan by the Taliban.
– Norway praises Taliban
Many Afghans in Norway were shocked and frightened when they heard about the visit. They are very important:
– The Taliban’s official visit to Norway is a diplomatic victory. Norway praises Taliban The Taliban have been working hard to achieve this, says Zahir Athari. He is a peace activist who has been involved in organizing celebrations in Oslo since the Taliban came to power.
Atari criticizes the Taliban for allowing them to come to Norway before they can show that they respect human rights, not just women in Afghanistan.
– This is a mockery of the entire generation of Afghans who have been involved in Norwegian construction for 20 years.
– Isn’t it important to negotiate with the Taliban, because the people in the country now have a difficult situation?
– Yes, I am for conversation. But it should not happen in Norway, it can happen in many places in Afghanistan.
Mina Rafiq, 32, took the initiative to celebrate outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She fears that Norway will recognize the Taliban.
“The Taliban do not represent us, they are terrorists,” Rafiq said.
Naim Nakit is shocked that Norway is now getting the Taliban. For 20 years, Norway has fought for the independence of the Afghan people, and Norwegian soldiers have lost their lives. Converse with them now! He says I am for conversation, but not with the Taliban.
Seikpjorn Denfjord, deputy director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, assured the protesters that they would be delighted with the commitment. Wanted to bring input into conversations.
Even worse humanitarian situation
On August 15, 2021, the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan after 20 years of war. In a few months, the humanitarian situation has taken a historic leap.
The number of people at risk of starvation is “unparalleled”, According to FN:
More than 22.8 million people, more than half of the country’s population, are expected to live with life – threatening food shortages this winter.
Of these, 8.7 million live on the brink of famine.
The United Nations has begun sending a large amount of aid to the country. This aid was not provided directly to the Taliban.
The Taliban sought to access disabled Afghan money abroad, primarily in the United States. The great power has set foot. Last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a different solution.
The humanitarian situation in the country is very dangerous and money should be sent to pay the people, he said.
Nevertheless, in Aftenposten’s experience, aid sent to the country should not be the main topic of negotiations. The purpose of the three – day trip was to build dialogue between the Taliban and Afghan civil society.
Norway’s message to the Taliban
Since seizing power, the Taliban have sought the recognition of the international community. After January 19, Taliban Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akund held a press conference. There he once again called on countries to recognize the Taliban.
Norway does not grant such recognition while the Taliban are in Oslo.
– This is not the legal or official recognition of the Taliban. But today we need to talk to those who rule the country in practice. Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt says the political situation cannot be allowed to escalate into an even worse humanitarian catastrophe.
As far as Uptenboston is concerned, this is Norway’s message to the Taliban:
Norway will first be concerned about the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Then Norway will come with the clear message that it is important to protect the rights of the people as a whole. Access to education for women and girls will be the “cornerstone of the message”.
In the months since the Taliban came to power, there have been numerous reports of their continued intimidation and killing. Minority groups, women and ex-security forces.
Not the first visit
It is no coincidence that Norway was the site of the Taliban’s first western expedition. Norwegian politicians have been involved in years of peace talks between the Taliban and the former Afghan government. Among other things in Doha shortly before the Taliban came to power.
When the Taliban landed in Oslo this weekend, this was not the first time they had visited Norway. The last time was in June 2015 during the Oslo Forum.
Later, Afghan officials and radical Islamists held talks in the Lasbi garden. At the time, the Taliban delegation was headed Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanoxai, Who is currently the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Taliban.
The significant difference from the visit, which begins in 2015 and begins on Sunday, is that the Taliban now control Afghanistan. Their own government. Major security measures are expected while the Taliban stay in Norway.
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