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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 27, 2001
Taken Question from September 27, 2001 Daily Press Briefing

Afghanistan: Visas for Taliban (Taken Question)

Question: When was the last visa issued to a Taliban official (other than their representative in NY)? When did he travel? Who did he meet? When did he depart?

Answer: Visa information is protected under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Department records indicate that the last Taliban official to come to the U.S. was Mr. Syed Rahmatullah. He was in the U.S. in March and April and spoke at a number of public meetings. He also met with working level State Department officials in Washington in mid-March , largely to discuss issues such as terrorism, narcotics, humanitarian assistance and human rights in Afghanistan.


Released on September 27, 2001

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