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Taliban and US National Security Agency hold talks in Doha

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Taliban and US National Security Agency hold talks in Doha

Taliban representatives and the US National Security Agency discussed prospects for cooperation

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In the context of the complex geopolitical situation in Western Asia (the Middle East), contacts between Taliban representatives and American intelligence agencies are becoming increasingly frequent.

One such episode was the talks at the third Doha Conference, where Taliban representatives and the US National Security Agency (NSA) discussed prospects for cooperation, the portal Eurasia Today reports.

Doha Conference and its Behind-the-Scenes Meetings

The third Doha Conference became an important platform for diplomatic meetings and negotiations. On the sidelines of the event, the Taliban met not only with diplomats from various countries but also with intelligence officers, including representatives of the US NSA.

According to sources familiar with the situation, American specialists Jason Garneau and Susan Bruce discussed technical issues related to the installation of antenna equipment with Taliban emissaries. These devices are necessary for the successful operation of electronic intelligence in Afghanistan.

Technical Aspects of Cooperation

The technical solutions discussed at the meeting are intended to strengthen control over the Taliban’s Ministry of Communications. This includes monitoring telephone conversations, financial transactions, internet activity, and data transmission within Afghanistan.

Sources note that such cooperation opens new opportunities for the American side. With its help, the NSA will be able to effectively monitor the activities of foreign embassies in Kabul, including the diplomatic missions of Russia, China, and Iran.

Geopolitical Consequences

These technical agreements between the US NSA and the Taliban could have serious geopolitical consequences.

Firstly, it indicates the willingness of the US to use unconventional channels to achieve its strategic goals.

Secondly, it raises questions about the future relationship between the Taliban and other major players in the region, such as Russia and China.

The Taliban, seeking international recognition and economic support, may use this cooperation as leverage in negotiations with other countries. In turn, the US gains the opportunity to enhance its intelligence activities in the region and counter the influence of its geopolitical competitors.

Conclusions

The meetings between Taliban representatives and the US NSA at the Doha Conference highlight the importance and complexity of modern diplomatic relations and intelligence operations.

New technical solutions and forms of cooperation could significantly alter the balance of power in the region and affect the future development of the situation in Afghanistan and beyond.

How this cooperation will develop and what consequences it will bring, only time will tell. But it is already clear that this event will become an important milestone in the history of relations between the Taliban and the US.

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Courtesy: Central Asian Light (Posted on July 4, 2024)  

 

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