AA / Doha
Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed ben Abderrahmane Al-Thani, discussed with his American counterpart, Antony Blinken, the latest security and political developments in Afghanistan.
Qatar’s official news agency (QNA) reported that the two officials “reviewed the bilateral cooperation relations between the two countries, and discussed the latest security and political developments in Afghanistan,” in a telephone interview. held on Wednesday.
Qatar had played the role of mediator in the negotiations between Washington and the Taliban, which resulted in the signing of a historic agreement on February 29, 2020, relating to the gradual withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan and the establishment of peace in this country.
Doha also hosted talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, before the movement took over the country.
Since May, the Taliban have started to expand their control over Afghanistan, in parallel with the beginning of the final phase of the withdrawal of US forces.
In recent weeks, the Taliban have conquered most of the country, and on August 15, insurgents entered the capital, Kabul, and took control of the presidential palace, while President Ashraf Ghani left the country for them. United Arab Emirates.
The movement had taken full control of “Hamid Karzai International Airport” in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, after the last American soldiers withdrew from it on August 31, the deadline given to Washington for a total withdrawal from it. Afghanistan.
The Taliban’s reconquest of Afghanistan comes despite billions of dollars spent by the United States and NATO over the past 20 years to build the Afghan armed and security forces.
In 2001, an international military coalition led by Washington overthrew the Taliban, then linked to the terrorist nebula Al-Qaeda, which claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks of the same year in the United States.
* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail
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