Wednesday, May 18

Fear of new refugee crisis: That is why Norway is talking to the Taliban

One important reason for Taliban talks in Norway is an acute danger of a new influx of refugees to Europe. That is what Henrik Thune (Labor Party) says. He leads the talks for the Norwegian government.

A delegation from the Taliban is at the Soria Moria hotel in Oslo to discuss emergency aid and human rights with Western representatives.

The contrast is great between the four-star hotel in Holmenkollåsen and the situation in Afghanistan. While the talks are going on, the country is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.

More than half of Afghanistan’s population is at risk of starvation. That is about 23 million people. Nine million of these can starve to death without help, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council.

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