UN deputy discusses Doha meeting with Taliban foreign minister

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi met with Rosemary DiCarlo, the UN Deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs, in Kabul on Sunday to discuss the “agenda and composition” of the upcoming Doha meeting, according to a Taliban statement.

According to the Taliban’s Foreign Ministry, DiCarlo mentioned that the third Doha meeting will address “financial and banking issues, drug control, and agricultural matters”.

While the United Nations has not yet commented on the meeting, Taliban officials claim that DiCarlo stated the “main goal” of the third Doha meeting is to “normalize the international community’s relations” with Afghanistan.

The international community has consistently emphasized the need for the Taliban to lift restrictions on women’s and girls’ rights.

During the meeting, Muttaqi said that the Taliban have a “good relationship” with the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

He also reiterated their stance that the UN should accept their representative and remove any obstacles in this regard.

Muttaqi asserted that the Taliban seek a “meaningful presence” at the meeting, adding that mere “ceremonial participation” would not be beneficial.