CIA Director William Burns secretly met with Taliban leader Mullah Bardar in Kabul on Monday, according to US media reports.
Neither the Taliban nor the company have confirmed the authenticity of the news of the meeting.
US President Joe Biden has announced August 31 as the last day for US troops to leave Afghanistan. But allies, including the United Kingdom, want the troops to continue to assist in the evacuation.
US forces have been in Afghanistan since 2001 following the 9/11 attacks.
American media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press and the NPR, cited sources from the meeting.
If the reports are confirmed, it is the highest level of communication between the United States and the Taliban since the capture of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on August 15.
Currently, about 5,800 U.S. troops are guarding Kabul airport, while thousands of foreigners are trying to flee Afghanistan.
The Washington Post says it will discuss when the U.S. military will end its withdrawal from Kabul airport.
On Tuesday, it said the Taliban would no longer allow Afghanistan to leave the country and that the deadline for the US to leave would not be extended.
Thousands of foreigners and people eligible to be resettled abroad in Afghanistan are expected to leave the country by the end of this month.
However, the British defense minister acknowledged that Biden was unlikely to change the deadline.
British ministers say evacuations from the airport would not be possible without the United States, which currently protects and operates the international airport.
Mullah Bhardwaj was one of four founders of the Taliban in 1994
Since 2019, Bharat has been head of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar. In February 2020, he signed the Doha Agreement on the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan.
He was also the first Taliban leader to have direct contact with the US president during a telephone conversation with Donald Trump in 2020.
The woman’s work
On the other hand, the Taliban movement called on women working in Afghanistan to stay in their homes until appropriate regulations are in place to ensure their safety.
“This is a temporary measure and it will not last long,” Taliban spokesman Jabihullah Mujahid told reporters.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday called for a fundamental red line for women’s rights and urged UN members to set up a dedicated body to monitor human rights in Afghanistan.
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