Sep 13, 2021 07:34 UTC
  • Qatari foreign minister holds first high-level meeting with Taliban in Kabul

Qatar's foreign minister has held talks with senior officials of Afghanistan’s new Taliban-led government, becoming the first foreign official to visit the war-torn nation since the Taliban’s takeover on August 15.

Meeting Prime Minister Mullah Muhammad Hasan Akhund of the caretaker government in Kabul on Sunday, the visiting Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani urged Afghanistan’s new rulers to "involve all Afghan parties in national reconciliation," according to a statement issued by Qatar’s Foreign Ministry.

According to Press TV, the statement added the two sides further discussed "concerted efforts to combat terrorist organizations that threaten the stability of Afghanistan," ways to enhance peace in the country, and the safe passage of people.

A Taliban spokesman was also cited in press reports as saying that Al-Thani also met other senior ministers of the interim government, focusing on “bilateral relations, humanitarian assistance, economic development and interaction with the world.”

Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi, Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, Defense Minister Yaqoob Mujahid, Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani and Intelligence Chief Abdul Haq Wasiq were present at the meeting in the presidential palace in Kabul.

The Taliban further stated that the leadership of Afghanistan’s new “Islamic Emirate” system thanked the Qatari government for its support of the Afghan people.