The United States may provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan but the Taliban and the US remain far apart on core demands after talks in Doha, according to Chinese analysts. US representatives held talks with a Taliban delegation in the Qatari capital on the weekend in the first meeting between the two sides since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August as US and Nato troops withdrew. “The two sides also discussed the United States’ provision of robust humanitarian assistance directly to the Afghan people,” the US Department of State said in a statement on Sunday. “The discussions were candid and professional with the US delegation reiterating that the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words.” The head of the Taliban delegation, acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, said the US had promised to provide humanitarian aid, including Covid-19 vaccines , to Afghanistan. The minister also said Taliban representatives had demanded that the US unfreeze the reserves of Afghanistan’s central bank. The talks came ahead of a meeting among G20 nations on Tuesday to discuss Afghanistan. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend the online meeting. UN creates Afghanistan investigator post, over objections from China, Russia Since the Taliban seized power, Afghanistan has faced a serious economic crisis that risks spiralling into humanitarian disaster, with its important economic pillar – foreign aid – largely cut off because the new regime lacks international recognition. Washington has also frozen billions of dollars of the former Afghan government’s assets held in the US Federal Reserve. Gu Dingguo, a research fellow at East China Normal University, said the US had not substantially responded to the Taliban’s core demands during the meeting. “The US has not made any promises about lifting its ban on Afghanistan’s central bank reserves, nor did it pledge any substantive assistance to Afghanistan during the meeting,” Gu said. “Though the US agreed to offer vaccines, it did not say when and how many doses it would provide. And it’s only a matter of convenience as [US President] Joe Biden has already pledged more vaccine to the developing world.” At the same time, the Taliban could not satisfy some of the US main concerns, Gu said, including whether the Taliban regime could establish an inclusive government representing all groups, especially the pro-US camp from the former government. The Taliban set up an interim government last month led by hardliners and with Taliban figures taking up all major posts. “The Taliban’s promise to establish an inclusive government cannot be delivered because they are currently caught in the internal fights for power. There are not enough government positions for Taliban figures, let alone for other groups,” Gu said. Kabul blasts: what is Isis-K and why is it an enemy of the Taliban? Yan Wei, an international relations professor at Northwest University in China, said the talks showed that relations between the Taliban and US were not completely hostile, and that despite the disputes, the two sides could seek common ground. “Although the meeting is unlikely to substantively improve the relations between the two sides, such official contact is of great value to the stability of the Taliban regime and to the US maintaining its influence and interests in the region,” Yan said.