Taliban’s acting defense minister meets envoys post-Kabul meeting

Yaqub Mujahid, the Taliban’s acting defense minister, met with representatives from Iran, China, and Pakistan following the Kabul “regional” meeting on Monday evening.

According to the Taliban-run Ministry of Defense, Mujahid emphasized the importance of strengthening border security and fostering “friendly relations” with neighboring countries during these discussions.

The ministry reported that Mujahid hosted a dinner for special representatives and diplomats from Russia, Iran, China, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan on Monday night, following the conclusion of the “Regional Initiative” meeting, the ministry said.

The conference, titled Afghanistan’s “Regional Cooperation Initiative,” saw participation from special envoys and diplomats from Russia, China, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.

This conference marks a pivotal moment in regional diplomacy, setting the stage for the upcoming UN-convened meeting in Doha, which will further shape the international community’s approach to Afghanistan under Taliban rule.