Qatar says engagement with Taliban needed despite ‘disappointing’ actions

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Addressing the Davos 2023 meeting on Tuesday, Qatar’s foreign minister said that recent measures taken by Afghanistan’s Taliban-led administration were “very disappointing” but that Doha would continue engaging as it was the only way forward to achieve change on the ground.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said Doha was also consulting with other Muslim countries to establish a dialogue with Taliban officials in Kandahar, and while it would “not be an easy job” it was important to keep trying, Reuters reported.

Taliban has imposed a ban on women’s education, girls’ secondary schools and women’s jobs in non-governmental organizations over the past one and a half years of their rule in Afghanistan. Besides that, they have imposed many restrictions on women’s presence in society.

The recent Taliban decision to ban female aid workers triggered global reactions and led to the suspension of the activities of many major aid organizations in the country amidst poverty and an unprecedented cold winter that has left dozens of people dead across Afghanistan.