Delegation from Qatar visits Kandahar

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KABUL (SW) – A high level delegation from Qatar has visited Kandahar to hold talks with the senior leadership of the Islamic Emirate.

Following the visit of a high-ranking delegation of Qatar to Kandahar and the meeting with the high-ranking officials of the Islamic Emirate, analysts believe that this trip was made to convey the message of the international community that was reflected in the Doha meeting.

Yar Mohammad Bagheri, an expert on political affairs, told Salam Watandar that by sending this delegation, Qatar wants to convey the message of the last meeting of the United Nations to the Islamic Emirate leadership[. According to him, the leaders of the Islamic Emirate should consider the consequences of their decisions because, it is possible that the international community will take more drastic measures.

Mohammad Akram Arefi, another expert on international relations, said that Qatar is trying to bring the Islamic Emirate closer to the countries of the region and the world. He added that Qatar’s role in Afghanistan’s affairs has been prominent for the past few years, and this country is now trying to create a strong understanding between them and the international community through talks with the leaders of the Islamic Emirate.

Mr. Arefi said: “Countries like Qatar have a relative influence on the Islamic Emirate. It seems that the trip to Qatari officials is more about laying the groundwork for the next UN meeting.”

On Friday, Kandahar hosted a high-ranking Qatari political delegation headed by Sheikh Muhammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

This delegation met with Mohammad Hassan Akhund, Prime Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and some other political officials of the Islamic Emirate in Kandahar.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, wrote in a tweet that in the meeting of the Qatari delegation with Mohammad Hassan Akhund and his accompanying delegation, they discussed strengthening bilateral relations, raising the level of trust between Afghanistan and Qatar, and practical cooperation in the fields of education, health and economy.

“In this meeting, the Prime Minister of that country emphasized on strengthening the relations and increasing the level of trust between the two countries, as well as practical cooperation in the educational, health and economic fields of Afghanistan,” he tweeted.

The Qatari delegation also included the head of the Qatari State Security (Intelligence Service) Abdullah Al-Khulaifi.