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Qatar’s ruler urges world leaders to not boycott Taliban in Afghanistan

a man wearing a suit and tie: Qatar's ruler addresses the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. (Photo: AP)

Qatar’s ruler addresses the UN Basic Meeting on Tuesday. (Picture: AP)

The ruling emir of Qatar, whose nation has performed a pivotal function in Afghanistan within the wake of the US withdrawal, urged world leaders gathered on the United Nations on Tuesday in opposition to turning their backs on the nation’s Taliban rulers.

Talking from the rostrum of the UN Basic Meeting, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani harassed “the need of constant dialogue with Taliban as a result of boycott solely results in polarization and reactions, whereas dialogue may usher in optimistic outcomes.”

His warning was directed on the many heads of state apprehensive about participating with the Taliban and recognizing their takeover of Afghanistan.


The Taliban say they need worldwide recognition. The group challenged the credentials of Afghanistan’s former UN ambassador and are asking to talk on the UN Basic Meeting’s high-level assembly of world leaders. They are saying it’s the duty of the United Nations to acknowledge their authorities and for different nations to have diplomatic relations with them.

To this point, no nation has but formally acknowledged the Taliban’s ascension by power to energy or its all-male Cupboard, which is stacked with senior figures who have been beforehand detained within the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba or are on a United Nations sanctions checklist. The group has mentioned this completely Taliban-run Cupboard is simply interim, providing hope {that a} future authorities could possibly be extra inclusive.


President Joe Biden, who additionally spoke earlier on the UN on Tuesday, mentioned the tip of American army operations in Afghanistan final month can be adopted by “a brand new period of relentless diplomacy” with the remainder of the world.

In that very same spirit of diplomacy, Sheikh Tamim mentioned Qatar agreed years in the past to host the Taliban’s political management in exile as a result of “we have been assured that conflict presents no answer and that there can be dialogue ultimately.”


Qatar is an in depth US ally and hosts the most important US army base within the Center East, however the tiny Gulf Arab state additionally has some sway with the Taliban. Due to its distinctive function, Qatar hosted direct US-Taliban talks across the American withdrawal from Afghanistan and helped facilitate evacuations from Kabul.

Now, nations just like the US and Japan have relocated their diplomatic workers in Afghanistan to Qatar to proceed diplomacy from there. Qatar can also be aiding with the facilitation of wanted humanitarian help and with operations at Kabul airport.


Sheikh Tamim on Tuesday urged in opposition to repeating previous errors in Afghanistan “to impose a political system from exterior.”

“No matter intentions, efforts made and cash invested, this expertise in Afghanistan has collapsed after 20 years,” Sheikh Tamim mentioned.

The 41-year-old chief mentioned the worldwide neighborhood should proceed to assist Afghanistan at this important stage and “to separate humanitarian help from political variations.” Afghanistan is among the many world’s poorest nations and receives billions of {dollars} in overseas help a 12 months, although that would change with the US-backed authorities out of energy and the Taliban now in cost.

Uzbekistan, one other neighboring nation to Afghanistan, has resumed the provision of oil and electrical energy to the war-torn nation, in accordance with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

“It’s inconceivable to isolate Afghanistan and depart it throughout the vary of its issues,” he mentioned in remarks on the UN on Tuesday. He referred to as for a everlasting UN Committee on Afghanistan.


Earlier this week, Pakistan’s overseas minister advised reporters at UN headquarters that Taliban rulers ought to perceive that if they need recognition and help in rebuilding the war-battered nation “they should be extra delicate and extra receptive to worldwide opinion and norms.” The highest management of the Taliban for years has operated out of Pakistan, which shares a border with Afghanistan and is house to massive numbers of Afghan refugees.

Regardless of their guarantees of an open and inclusive system, there have been quite a few troubling indicators that the Taliban are limiting girls’s rights and focusing on activists and people they battled in opposition to as they settle into authorities after taking management of the capital of Kabul final month. Throughout their earlier rule of Afghanistan within the Nineties, the Taliban had denied women and girls the appropriate to training and barred them from public life.

Sheikh Tamim mentioned it’s as much as the Afghan folks to realize a complete political settlement and pave the way in which for stability. He touted Qatar’s outsized function in aiding with the chaotic US-led evacuation of greater than 100,000 Afghans and others from Kabul in August.

“This was our humanitarian obligation,” he mentioned.

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