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Qatar, Germany Warn Against Isolating Taliban

German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass met his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani on Wednesday in Doha and they discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan.

Both Qatar and Germany warned of the negative consequences of Taliban isolation and urged the world to engage with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Al Thani said that the Taliban’s isolation benefits no one, and that engaging with them could bear positive results.

According to the Qatari minister, if the Taliban are cut off from the world, a new crisis will unfold in Afghanistan.

“We believe that isolation is not the response to this issue (the Taliban takeover by force) ... our assessment is that the Taliban was isolated in 1996 and it led to what happened next in those years. But we also saw that engagement can have positive outcomes,” Al Thani said.

Meanwhile, Germany's foreign minister Heiko Maas said that instability in Afghanistan is not acceptable.

“I believe there is no way except (to engage with) the Taliban, and we should translate it into action. For example, we should talk about the airport. We cannot accept instability in Afghanistan because this will benefit insurgency and will have big consequences for Afghanistan’s neighboring countries,” he said.

The Taliban has also said they want to have good relations with the world’s countries, including the United States.

Qatar, Germany Warn Against Isolating Taliban

Qatar and Germany say the world should talk with the Taliban instead of isolating them.

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass met his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani on Wednesday in Doha and they discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan.

Both Qatar and Germany warned of the negative consequences of Taliban isolation and urged the world to engage with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Al Thani said that the Taliban’s isolation benefits no one, and that engaging with them could bear positive results.

According to the Qatari minister, if the Taliban are cut off from the world, a new crisis will unfold in Afghanistan.

“We believe that isolation is not the response to this issue (the Taliban takeover by force) ... our assessment is that the Taliban was isolated in 1996 and it led to what happened next in those years. But we also saw that engagement can have positive outcomes,” Al Thani said.

Meanwhile, Germany's foreign minister Heiko Maas said that instability in Afghanistan is not acceptable.

“I believe there is no way except (to engage with) the Taliban, and we should translate it into action. For example, we should talk about the airport. We cannot accept instability in Afghanistan because this will benefit insurgency and will have big consequences for Afghanistan’s neighboring countries,” he said.

The Taliban has also said they want to have good relations with the world’s countries, including the United States.

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