Opening up of a new chapter to the Taliban is a long way off

At this point of time there is hardly anything to indicate of any urgent initiatives in the comity of nations to rush towards a normalization of relations with the new government in Kabul or welcoming the Taliban into the international diplomatic fold.

Opening up of a new chapter to the Taliban is a long way off
Taliban-US meeting in Doha

Only the very naïve will rush to the conclusion that the first formal meeting in Qatar between the Taliban and the United States has set the ball rolling as far as normalization between the two parties. The truth of the matter is that while the meeting in Doha cannot be brushed off as inconsequential, it is perhaps the first “baby” step in a process that is fraught with difficulties and complexities.

Both the Taliban and Washington came to the table with different agendas—the new rulers of Afghanistan perhaps had humanitarian and economic assistance from the international community as their priorities; and the Biden administration was looking at completing evacuation of its nationals and those Afghans in its favored category as well as going over the finer aspects of the 2020 Accord that had a stipulation that Afghanistan should never again be a terrorist haven.