The Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, and his accompanying delegation in a meeting in Kandahar with Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the Islamic Emirate’s Prime Minister, discussed expanding cooperation, improving bilateral relations and economic issues, an Islamic Emirate spokesperson said.
The Qatari delegation also included the head of the Qatari State Security (Intelligence Service) Abdullah Al-Khulaifi.
Qatar's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the meeting dealt with discussing ways of supporting Afghanistan to alleviate the impact of its current crisis on the economic and humanitarian front."
According to the statement, the Qatari Prime Minister emphasized his country's "firm support" of all segments of the Afghan people and its continued efforts to establish "security, stability, prosperity and honorable living in Afghanistan."
"It is needed that the brother nation of Qatar should play a positive role in assisting Afghanistan's political, economic, and educational spheres. The two nations' mutual trust and ties will grow even stronger,” said Suhail Shaheen head of the Islamic Emirate's political office in Qatar.
"The Qatari Prime Minister supports the message that was prepared for the current government at the meeting in Doha while the UN Secretary General was there. The Taliban government should be more inclusive, and girls' schools should be reopened,” said political commentator Tariq Farhadi.
The Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said on Twitter that during the meeting they discussed cooperation in strengthening relations and trust, and working together in the education, health and economic sectors.
Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, noted that one of Kabul's requests of the Qatari delegation was to improve the Islamic Emirate's relations with neighboring countries, the region and the world.
"Strengthening relations, and their cooperation in various areas such as health, education, and the economy, was focused on,” he noted.
"This visit demonstrates that Qatar is trying to urge the Taliban to adopt policies in accordance with the UN's goals and to encourage the UN to recognize the Taliban,” said Rahmatullah Bizhanpur, an international relations expert.
Following the reestablishment of the Islamic Emirate in the country, this is the first visit of high-ranking Qatari officials to Afghanistan.
Qatar facilitated discussions between the Islamic Emirate and the US government that resulted in a peace deal on February 29, 2020, and it also recently hosted a meeting on Afghanistan convened by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
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