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Afghanistan turmoil

Blinken says Taliban agreed to let people leave Afghanistan

In Doha talks, top US diplomat says Washington will hold group to its word

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani arrive for a joint news conference in Doha onn Tuesday.    © Reuters

DUBAI -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that Taliban officials had agreed to allow safe passage out of Afghanistan for all people with valid travel documents -- and Washington would hold the militant Islamist group to their word.

Blinken was speaking at news conference with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Qatari counterparts in Doha after Washington's first formal meeting with the Taliban since their Aug. 15 takeover of Kabul.

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