Taliban to host ‘Kabul regional meeting’ next week

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban’s Doha office head, Sohail Shahin, confirmed Thursday that a “Kabul regional meeting” will be held in Kabul on Jan. 29.

This announcement follows a meeting on Wednesday where Taliban Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi met with ambassadors and diplomats from various regional countries in Kabul.

Rasul Mousavi, Director of South Asian Affairs at Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated Thursday that Russia, Iran, China, and Pakistan are expected to attend the meeting. However, these countries have not yet officially confirmed their participation.

The Taliban’s initiative to organize this meeting coincides with the United Nations’ plans to host a meeting of special envoys in Doha concerning Afghanistan and its efforts to appoint a special envoy for the country.

Simultaneously, Russia, as reported by the TASS news agency, is endeavoring to convene a meeting involving China, Iran, and Pakistan on Afghanistan before the end of the month.