Doha meeting aims to integrate Afghanistan into international community: DiCarlo

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, has outlined the objectives of the upcoming Doha meeting on Afghanistan, describing it as a step towards integrating the country into the international community while ensuring it meets its global obligations.

The meeting, hosted by the UN, is scheduled for next week in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

In her statement, DiCarlo said that the participants will discuss the various challenges facing the Afghan people, their neighbors, the region, and the broader international community.

“The Doha discussions are part of a process; they are not a one-off,” DiCarlo emphasized. “The ultimate objective of this process is an Afghanistan at peace with itself and its neighbors, fully integrated into the international community, and meeting its international obligations, including on human rights, particularly those of women and girls.”

This meeting follows UN-led initiatives from May 2023 and February 2024. Representatives from approximately 30 countries and international institutions have been invited to participate, according to a UN statement.

DiCarlo further explained that the meeting would also explore “avenues for further principled engagement with the de facto authorities for the benefit of all Afghans.”

For the first time in the three rounds of meetings, the Taliban has announced its participation.

However, many human rights defenders and women’s rights organizations have criticized the Taliban’s inclusion, arguing that it grants undue concessions to the group.