Top Qatar diplomat most senior to visit Kabul since Taliban takeover

Qatar’s foreign minister, who is also the country’s deputy premier, visits Afghanistan, becoming the most senior diplomat to visit the country since the Taliban’s takeover on August 15.

A Taliban official tweets that Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met senior officials of the new Afghan regime, although details of their talks were not disclosed.

Qatar has long acted as a mediator on Afghanistan, hosting the Taliban’s talks with the United States under former US president Donald Trump, and then with the now deposed Afghan government of president Ashraf Ghani.

No country has yet formally recognized the new Taliban government — and only three did during the first rule of the hardline Islamists in 1996-2001.

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