The plane with the Taliban delegation landed at Gardermoen at 7:25 PM on Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told NTB. Norway has paid for the flight.
The chartered plane landed at Gardermoen on Saturday night. State Secretary Henrik Thune in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the newspaper VG that Norway paid for the plane that transported the Taliban delegation from Afghanistan to Norway.
“Norway paid the rent of the plane for the Taliban delegation and the trip for the representatives of civil society. The rental aircraft for the Taliban delegation has been selected after an assessment of various practical and safety issues.”
The delegation, which will consist of 15 men, is led by Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, according to a Twitter message posted by Taliban spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi.
The planned talks on human rights and emergency aid between the Taliban and Western representatives start on Sunday in Oslo. Among others, envoys from the USA, the EU, Great Britain, France, Germany, and Italy will participate.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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