Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Abdulrahman al-Thani, on a visit to Moscow (archive picture): In Kabul, he spoke to the Taliban about the reconciliation process. (Source: imago images)
One of the Taliban’s most important partners is the Arab country of Qatar. Its foreign minister visited the new rulers, but also the former president Karzai.
According to the Qatari government in Doha, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani has urged the Afghan representatives “to involve all Afghan parties in national reconciliation”. The Taliban published pictures of the Qatari foreign minister with the new head of government, Mullah Mohammed Hassan Achund. Recordings of al-Thani with the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai could also be seen on online platforms.
The Qatari Foreign Ministry confirmed talks between the chief diplomat and the new Afghan government as well as with Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, the deposed government’s chief negotiator for the inner-Afghan peace process. It was about the “latest developments regarding the operation of the Kabul airport” and about “ensuring free passage and travel for everyone,” it said in a statement.
Important partner of the USA and the Taliban
In Doha, peace talks were held for a long time between the Taliban and the USA and other mediating countries. The capital of Qatar was also the seat of the Taliban’s shadow government. But the country is also an important ally of the US government in the Gulf region. Before US troops withdrew from Afghanistan, tens of thousands of people were brought to safety via the US air base in Doha as part of the international evacuation operation.