Taliban warns changes to Doha meeting agenda could affect participation

The venue for the second Doha meeting in Qatar in Feb. 2024. File photo.

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban-run Foreign Ministry has cautioned that any alterations to the agenda or composition of the upcoming Doha meeting could impact their decision to participate.

In a statement, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a spokesman for the Taliban-run Foreign Ministry, noted that the agenda and participation list for the Doha meeting had been finalized after two months of discussions with the United Nations.

“If there are any changes to the agenda and participation, it would naturally affect our decision, which we will share with all sides at that time,” he emphasized.

The Taliban’s announcement comes as human rights activists express concerns over the absence of human rights issues and the lack of invitations to civil society and women’s representatives at the Doha meeting. Activists argue that sidelining human rights issues in the discussions is unacceptable.

Earlier, the Taliban’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, confirmed to Amu in a phone call that their delegation would attend the Doha meeting.

Over the past few weeks, many women’s rights movements have warned against the participation of the Taliban in the upcoming Doha meeting.

The third round of the UN-hosted meeting on Afghanistan is scheduled for June 30 in Doha, Qatar’s capital, where envoys from around 25 countries will gather to discuss the situation in the country.