Zabihullah Mujahid to lead Taliban delegation at Doha meeting

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. Photo: Reuters

KABUL, Afghanistan —Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid will lead the Taliban’s delegation in the upcoming Doha meeting, according to a statement by the Taliban-run foreign ministry.

The statement said the decision was made based on an order by Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada.

The statement added that Amir Khan Muttaqi, the Taliban’s foreign minister, held a “coordination meeting for participation in the Doha meeting” with several Taliban officials on Tuesday.

Taliban also announced that Noor Ahmad Agha, deputy governor of the Taliban-run Central Bank, Abdul Haq Akhund, Taliban deputy minister for counter-narcotics, and several other officials from the Taliban-run Ministry of Industry and Commerce will attend the meeting.

The Doha meeting, set to occur within a week, has faced strong reactions due to the absence of discussions on women’s rights and human rights issues.