The Taliban rules out cooperating with US to contain extremist groups in country.

The Taliban rules out cooperating with US to contain extremist groups in country.

Taliban officials and US representatives were to hold meetings on Saturday and Sunday in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Officials from both sides have said issues include reining in extremist groups and the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country. The Taliban have signaled flexibility on evacuations.

Huge crowds are being witnessed at the passport office in Kabul, which opened on Wednesday, raising hopes among those looking at leaving the country now ruled by the Taliban.

The office was opened a day after the Taliban had announced that all staff including female employees had been asked to return to their offices.

As the US troops began to pull out of Afghanistan in August, chaotic scenes were witnessed at the Kabul airport.

While some people were seen passing heir children over the airport fence, other were seen climbing on to the wings of aircraft and tragically falling to their deaths as the airplanes became airborne.

Spanish authorities said Sunday that the country has started a new evacuation operation to extract more Afghans and their families left behind following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Spain’s Defense Ministry confirmed to media reports that it is working with the foreign ministry on a new evacuation mission.

The ministry said it would not give any more details in order to protect the mission, but Spanish news agency EFE reported that the plan was get out some 200 people via Pakistan.

Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Jos Albares visited both Pakistan and Qatar last month to ask for their assistance in extracting more Afghan workers who had not been included in the first airlifts from Kabul.

The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the “atrocious” ISIS terror attack on a mosque in Afghanistan and other recent attacks against religious institutions in the war-torn country, references that India categorically insisted on in a statement issued by the powerful UN body and rejected any attempts to dilute them.

The 15-nation UNSC issued the press statement on Saturday in which the members “condemned in the strongest terms the atrocious and cowardly terrorist attack in Kunduz, Afghanistan” on October 8.

The attack, which was claimed by Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), an entity affiliated with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant , resulted in more than 150 casualties killed and wounded.

The attack, which took place at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque, follows other recent attacks against religious institutions in Afghanistan.

 Taliban on Saturday ruled out cooperation with the United States to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, a Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told.

This uncompromising position on a key issue comes ahead of the first face-to-face talks with Washington since it withdrew from the country in August this year.

The comment comes after Islamic State took responsibility for a number of recent attacks, including a suicide bombing Friday that killed 46 minority Shiite Muslims and wounded dozens as they prayed in a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz.

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