Taliban, Swedish NGO in crucial talks after threats to close 42 clinics

Reports from Afghanistan are that the Taliban are open for talks with representatives of the Swedish organisation, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan following threats by the militant group to close down 42 clinics.

The talks, officials say, have been set for Thursday but no details were provided.

On Tuesday, the Taliban forced the organisation to close the clinics in Afghanistan in Taliban-controlled areas of Maidan Wardak province, a situation that would affected more than 6000 people.

The closures came after Afghan forces last week raided a clinic run by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan in pursuit of the Taliban and two staffers died in the raid.

The talks are meant “to resolve the situation” according to the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

No details were given.

The Taliban currently control nearly half of Afghanistan and are more powerful than at any time since the October 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

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