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Qatar's Al-Thani Says 'Taliban Can Change'

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York, said the Taliban can change and act differently. 

He has said Islamic countries have a pivotal role to play by showing the Taliban what modern Muslim societies look like. 

“I believe the ones who are among Taliban can change and can be working on (it), but this will need a real effort, especially by the Muslim countries,” he said. 

He said there are changes among the different Taliban members and the Taliban is not the same as 20 years ago.

“Looking at Taliban today, it is not the same Taliban 20 years ago. Maybe the people who are fighting are different than the people who were negotiating. I am not saying that those are modernized and those are extremized, but there is a difference,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon said peace and stability in Afghanistan depends on inclusivity in the government. “We insisted that the Tajiks and other ethnicities should have a credible place in an inclusive government. Peace and stability can be assured by doing this,” he said. 

The Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó at the UNGA said the world must stop Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for international terrorist organizations, adding that the UN has to play a crucial role in this regard. 

“We have to prevent Afghanistan becoming a safe place for terrorist organizations again,” he said. He also described the Afghanistan situation as a major failure for the international community after 20 years of engagement. 

Although the international community has not recognized the caretaker government, the Taliban has repeatedly said they want good relations with all the world’s countries. 

Qatar's Al-Thani Says 'Taliban Can Change'

Tajikistan's president meanwhile said peace and stability in Afghanistan depends on inclusivity in the government. 

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Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York, said the Taliban can change and act differently. 

He has said Islamic countries have a pivotal role to play by showing the Taliban what modern Muslim societies look like. 

“I believe the ones who are among Taliban can change and can be working on (it), but this will need a real effort, especially by the Muslim countries,” he said. 

He said there are changes among the different Taliban members and the Taliban is not the same as 20 years ago.

“Looking at Taliban today, it is not the same Taliban 20 years ago. Maybe the people who are fighting are different than the people who were negotiating. I am not saying that those are modernized and those are extremized, but there is a difference,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon said peace and stability in Afghanistan depends on inclusivity in the government. “We insisted that the Tajiks and other ethnicities should have a credible place in an inclusive government. Peace and stability can be assured by doing this,” he said. 

The Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó at the UNGA said the world must stop Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for international terrorist organizations, adding that the UN has to play a crucial role in this regard. 

“We have to prevent Afghanistan becoming a safe place for terrorist organizations again,” he said. He also described the Afghanistan situation as a major failure for the international community after 20 years of engagement. 

Although the international community has not recognized the caretaker government, the Taliban has repeatedly said they want good relations with all the world’s countries. 

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