Qatar’s ruling emir on Tuesday warned world leaders gathered at United Nations headquarters not to ignore the Taliban, Afghanistan’s new ruler. Qatar played an important role in Afghanistan after the US left the country.
Speaking from the UN General Assembly podium, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said the international community must continue to support Afghanistan at this critical stage and to “separate humanitarian aid from political differences.”
“We also stress the need to continue dialogue with the Taliban because a boycott only leads to polarization and backlash, whereas dialogue can bring positive results,” he said, according to a published translation of his speech.
The direct warning not to boycott the Taliban was directed at many heads of state who are worried about getting involved with the Taliban and worried about admitting a takeover of Afghanistan.
To date, no country has officially recognized the return of the Taliban to power or its all-male government cabinet, the majority of whom are senior figures previously held in the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or are on a sanctions list. UN. (mg/ka)