Taliban, UNAMA chief emphasize follow-up on Doha meeting

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban’s foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, met with Roza Otunbayeva, the U.N. Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan, to discuss the outcomes of the recent Doha meeting on Afghanistan, held from June 30 to July 1.

The meeting was widely criticized for excluding women and civil society members as well as lack of human rights on its agenda.

In a statement, the Taliban-run foreign ministry quoted Muttaqi expressing hope that restrictions on the banking sector would be lifted and that Afghan farmers would receive support for alternative cultivation to replace poppy crops.

Otunbayeva, who heads the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), assured that the details of the Doha meeting would be followed up with the Taliban.

The third round of the Doha meeting included envoys from over 30 countries and institutions. However, the meeting faced strong criticism from women and human rights activists for excluding women and human rights issues from its main agenda.