Qatar’s Foreign Minister Visit Kabul for High Level Talks with the Taliban Government
Since the fall of government in Kabul first high level diplomatic talks were initiated by Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, who visited Afghanistan on Sunday and met Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the acting Prime Minister in the Taliban’s new government, former President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the National Reconciliation Council. The meeting on Sunday was held at the Afghan Presidential Palace and attended by several Afghan ministers and other officials like Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi, Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, Defence Minister Yaqoob Mujahid, Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani and intelligence chief Abdul Haq Wasiq.
Qatar is one of the country having the highest influence on the Taliban. It played a pivotal role in airlifting not only its own citizens after the withdrawal of the U.S. troops but also helped many other western and Afghan nationals in evacuation and heading to other countries. Even previously, Qatar was the host nation for the Afghan Peace Talks initiated by the former U.S. President, Donald Trump. The Taliban leadership appreciated the efforts by the Qatari government and said the Islamic Emirate is thankful to Qatar for helping the people of Afghanistan. The Taliban leadership moreover, appreciated the Doha Agreement, signed between the U.S. and the Taliban. They further regarded it as a “landmark achievement, all sides should adhere to its implementation”.
The Foreign Minister encourage the new leadership and Afghan parties to participate in the process of nation building and national reconciliation. After the withdrawal of the U.S. from Afghanistan this is the first highest level visit to Afghanistan, where Al Thani also met a number of other officials from the new government to discuss bilateral relations and the regional development. Apart from discussing the challenges faced by the new leadership in Afghanistan, officials discussed the current political situation and the Foreign Minister Al Thani extended the support of his government for the Afghan people. According to the Foreign Ministry of Qatar, the Afghan officials also discussed about "concerted efforts to combat terrorist organizations that threaten the stability of Afghanistan", as a means to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan. The Taliban spokesperson further elaborated that the meetings between the Qatar’s Foreign Minister and Afghan government officials also analyzed issues of humanitarian assistance, economic development and interaction with the world.