Recognizing Taliban, not a priority, warns against isolating group: Qatar

Roman AhmedWeb Editor

01st Sep, 2021. 01:08 am
Taliban in possession of Kabul's airport after the US withdrawal

Qatar’s Foreign Minister has stated that identifying the Taliban’s government was not an urgency but has cautioned against isolating the group presently controlling Afghanistan.

Whereas, No country has recognized the Taliban as a government of Afghanistan after they took complete of the country on August 15.

The White House has repudiated last week any chance of hastening to identify the acceptability of the Taliban government by the US or its allies.

The US troops and officials have completed the evacuation from the country on Monday, terminating over 20 years of American existence in Afghanistan.

Qatar’s Foreign Minister said, “We believe that without engagement we cannot reach…real progress on the security front or on the socioeconomic front.”

“If we are starting to put conditions and stopping this engagement, we are going to leave a vacuum, and the question is, who is going to fill this vacuum?,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said.

He also talked about Doha’s recent talks with the Taliban: “During our talks with the Taliban, there was no positive or negative response,” adding that he urged the group to cooperate in the fight against Terrorism.

“We stressed the importance of cooperation to combat terrorism… and we stressed the importance of the Taliban to cooperate in this field.”

The Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters on Saturday that the group will declare a comprehensive cabinet within a week, and it will comprise not just ministers but leaders as well.

 

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