On Sunday, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the acting prime minister of the Taliban met the Qatari foreign minister. Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani ordered the country’s new rulers to involve all Afghan parties in national reconciliation.

In the meeting, the delegates managed to discuss a wide range of issues such as bilateral relations, humanitarian assistance, economic development, and interaction with the world. They also discussed concerted efforts to combat terrorist organisations that threaten the stability and peace of Afghanistan.

The Qatar delegate, Sheikh Mohammed requested the Afghan official in the meeting to involve all Afghan parties in the national reconciliation. The latest developments regarding the operation of Kabul airport and ensuring freedom of passage and travel for all were also discussed. Furthermore, Akhund thanked Qatar for its assistance to the people of Afghanistan. The talks also outlined the significance of international aid to Afghanistan.

The meeting also witnessed the presence of other Afghan ministers including deputy prime minister Abdul Salam Hanafi, foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, defence minister Yaqoob Mujahid, interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, and intelligence chief Abdul Haq Wasiq. Sheikh Mohammed also met Abdullah Abdullah, a senior official in the previous Afghan government, and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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