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Qatar warns isolating Taliban may additional destabilise Afghanistan

DOHA: Qatar’s international minister on Tuesday (Aug 31) warned that isolating the Taliban may result in additional instability and urged international locations to interact with the hardline motion to handle safety and socioeconomic issues in Afghanistan.

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

“If we’re beginning to put situations and stopping this engagement, we’re going to go away a vacuum, and the query is, who’s going to fill this vacuum?” Sheikh Mohammed mentioned in Doha, alongside his German counterpart, Heiko Maas.

No nation has recognised the Taliban as the federal government of Afghanistan after their seize of Kabul on Aug. 14. Many western states have urged the group to type an inclusive authorities and to respect human rights.

“We consider that with out engagement we can not attain…actual progress on the safety entrance or on the socioeconomic entrance,” Sheikh Mohammed mentioned, including that recognising the Taliban as the federal government was not a precedence.

German International Minister Maas instructed reporters Berlin was prepared to assist Afghanistan however that worldwide help comes with sure stipulations.

The Taliban, which have held talks with members of the earlier Afghan authorities and others in civil society, have mentioned they might quickly announce a full cupboard.

Qatar’s Sheikh Mohammed mentioned the group had confirmed openness in the direction of the thought of an inclusive authorities.

The Taliban have been recognized for harsh rule from 1996 to 2001 once they enforced a hardline interpretation of Islamic legislation and repressed girls, together with banning them from research and work.

The Taliban have sought to alleviate issues by committing to respecting particular person rights and affirming that girls will be capable to research and work below their rule.

Sheikh Mohammed mentioned isolating the Taliban throughout their final rule 20 years in the past led to the present state of affairs.

For the reason that Taliban took Kabul, there was “super engagement” on evacuations and counterterrorism, which delivered “constructive outcomes,” he mentioned. He added that talks on Qatar offering help to the operating of Kabul’s airport have been ongoing and no resolution had been made.

Germany’s Maas mentioned, “There isn’t a method round talks with the Taliban,” including that the worldwide neighborhood couldn’t afford instability in Afghanistan.

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