Qatar hosts Taliban-US meeting on sidelines of Turkey summit

Associated Press
11 March 2022
In this handout photo released by Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, right, meets with Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi during the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey, Friday, March 11, 2022. Qatar on Friday hosted a meeting that saw Taliban's foreign minister and an American diplomat for Afghanistan in the same room during a summit in Turkey. (Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)
In this handout photo released by Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, right, meets with Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi during the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey, Friday, March 11, 2022. Qatar on Friday hosted a meeting that saw Taliban’s foreign minister and an American diplomat for Afghanistan in the same room during a summit in Turkey. (Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — On the sidelines of a summit in Turkey, Qatar acted as host for a face-to-face meeting on Friday between the Taliban-appointed foreign minister and an American diplomat for Afghanistan, according to reports from Qatar.

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke first with U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West.

Video footage released by Qatar shows the Taliban-appointed foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, walking into the room where West was with Sheikh Mohammed. The footage then shows the three men all sitting together.

“During the meeting, they reviewed the security and political developments in Afghanistan, and ways of coordination and cooperation to achieve stability for the Afghan people and avoid any humanitarian crisis,” the Qatari statement said.

The meeting in the city of in Antalya, Turkey, came during the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, almost seven months after U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country in mid-August.

Qatar hosts Taliban-US meeting on sidelines of Turkey summit