Qatar's Foreign Minister Meets Mullah Akhund in First High-Level Foreign Visit Since Taliban Took Power

13th Sep,2021

Qatar's Foreign Minister Meets Mullah Akhund in First High-Level Foreign Visit Since Taliban Took Power



Qatar's Foreign Minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, paid a visit to Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, and met with Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the Taliban's interim Prime Minister. On Sunday, he met with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the National Reconciliation Council, to encourage Afghan parties and groups to participate in national reconciliation.
It is the highest-ranking official visit since the US military's withdrawal from Afghanistan. Al Thani met with a number of new government officials, including the foreign minister and his deputy. The officials discussed the current political situation in Afghanistan as well as Qatar's current efforts to assist Afghans. The Taliban disseminated photos of Al Thani meeting with Akhund, while photos of him with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai circulated on social media.