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Taliban delegation meets Pakistani envoy in Doha to discuss ‘bilateral relations’

Taliban launch diplomatic efforts to address global concerns. (Source: APP)

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Afghan Taliban met Pakistan’s ambassador to Qatar to discuss the border situation and bilateral relations based on “mutual interest and respect, a Taliban spokesperson said.

According to details, the meeting was held at the Pakistani embassy in Doha, which the Taliban delegation, led by their political chief Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, visited to meet ambassador Syed Ahsan Raza Shah.

Taking to Twitter, Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said, “Both sides discussed the current Afghan situation, humanitarian assistance, bilateral relations based on mutual interest and respect.”

Shaheen said the reconstruction of Afghanistan and issues related to facilitating people’s movement at Torkham and Spin Boldak borders also came into discussion. The ambassador also hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting delegation, according to the state-run APP.

The Taliban have started reaching out to the world in an attempt to address the concerns of the international community. Over the past few days, they have also held meetings in Doha with the envoys of Germany and the UK.

The Taliban spokesperson said in the meeting with Simon Gass, the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of UK in Doha, matters of mutual cooperation were discussed. “The UK delegation reiterated that they had already increased their humanitarian assistance and was ready to cooperate with Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) in future as well,” he tweeted.

Stanikzai had also met German Ambassador to Afghanistan, Markus Potzel, to discuss “humanitarian assistance, political and security” matters. With the German envoy, the Taliban delegation discussed issues related to economic development and humanitarian cooperation.