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Tags: Afghanistan | Al-Qaida | Middle East | War on Terrorism | qatar | taliban | cease fire

Qatar Urges Taliban to Cease Fire at Meeting in Doha

A map of Aghanistan from Thursday, showing Taliban control in orange and Afghanistan military control in blue.
A map of Aghanistan from Thursday, showing Taliban control in orange, Afghanistan military control in blue, and contested territory in cream. (FDuckett/AP)

Saturday, 14 August 2021 10:34 AM

Qatar said it had urged the Taliban to cease fire and pull back their offensive in Afghanistan during a meeting between the Qatari foreign minister and a top representative of the Afghan insurgents in Doha on Saturday.

Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met the head of the Taliban's political bureau, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, to follow up on peace talks hosted by the Gulf country, the Qatari foreign ministry said in a statement on its website.

"The foreign minister urged the Taliban at the meeting to let up the escalation and to cease fire," it said.

Envoys from the United States, China, Pakistan, the United Nations, the European Union and others met Taliban representatives and Afghan government officials Thursday in Doha.

The statement issued following that meeting reaffirmed that foreign capitals would not recognize any government in Afghanistan "imposed through the use of military force."

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Qatar said it had urged the Taliban to cease fire and pull back their offensive in Afghanistan during a meeting between the Qatari foreign minister and a top representative of the Afghan insurgents in Doha on Saturday.
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