Qatar foreign minister calls to engage with Taliban to address security on Afghanistan

by Daily Sabah

Qatar’s foreign minister Tuesday warned that isolating the Taliban could lead to further instability and urged countries to engage with the movement to address security and socioeconomic concerns in Afghanistan.

The United States-allied Gulf Arab state has emerged as a key interlocutor to the Taliban, having hosted the group’s political office since 2013.

“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 in Doha, alongside his German counterpart, Heiko Maas.

No country has recognized the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan after their capture of Kabul on Aug. 15. Many Western states have urged the group to form an inclusive government and to respect human rights.

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