Qatar, UN officials discuss Afghanistan amid warnings over humanitarian situation

Qatar and the United Nations held talks on Afghanistan’s evolving circumstances on Wednesday, underscoring Doha’s sustained commitment to engage with the global community in addressing the multifaceted challenges confronting the South Asian country.

Held in Doha, the meeting featured discussions between Qatar’s special envoy for counter-terrorism, Mutlaq Al Qahtani, and the UN’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Roza Otunbayeva.

Qatar’s foreign ministry revealed in a statement, “The discussions encompassed the collaborative ties between the State of Qatar and the UN, along with the most recent developments in Afghanistan.” However, the statement did not divulge additional specifics regarding the discourse.

The meeting comes in the wake of the two-year anniversary of the Taliban’s military takeover of Kabul, culminating a protracted conflict that had spanned decades. The capture led to the departure of former president Ashraf Ghani, leaving behind a populace mired in uncertainty and grappling with dire humanitarian and economic challenges.

Qatar emerged as a mediator in the lead-up to these events, orchestrating dialogues among all stakeholders embroiled in Afghanistan’s strife, including the 2020 Intra-Afghan discussions and the US-Taliban negotiations.