Tal­iban ends rift with Red Cross over ac­cess

The Daily Telegraph - - World News -

The Tal­iban will again guar­an­tee safe pas­sage in Afghanistan to Red Cross staff af­ter set­tling a dis­pute that forced the agency to halt most of its work.

The char­ity cut al­most all of its aid for Afghans af­ter the mil­i­tants with­drew pro­tec­tion, leav­ing staff and build­ings open to at­tack.

The Tal­iban had ac­cused the Red Cross of fail­ing to en­sure mil­i­tants in gov­ern­ment jails were not mis­treated. The dis­pute was re­solved af­ter Red Cross of­fi­cials met Tal­iban en­voys for two days of se­cret talks in Doha, the cap­i­tal of Qatar.

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