Qatari FM visits Turkey to discuss Afghanistan

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani paid a visit to Turkey on Friday to discuss developments in Afghanistan with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

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On Friday, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani visited Turkey, where he met with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. While the developments in Afghanistan have been top on the agenda of the meeting, the two top diplomats have also exchanged views on bilateral relations.

Posting a message on his Twitter account following the meeting, the Turkish Foreign Minister said, “Started the day by discussing developments in Afghanistan and our bilateral relations with my brother Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Foreign Minister of Qatar.”

For his part, Qatari Foreign Minister tweeted that “Met with my brother Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Ankara to discuss the perspectives on Afghanistan. I am pleased with the results of our fruitful cooperation, which contributed to reopening Kabul airport and created a link between Afghanistan and the world.”

After the meeting, Qatar’s state-run news agency, QNA, reported that the two countries’ foreign ministers also discussed the latest situation at Kabul International Airport as well as ways to promote collaboration to provide the security and safety of the airport and the flow of air traffic.

The meeting came following the announcement of the Taliban’s interim government, which is to led by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund. The group’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid made an announcement of the long-anticipated 33-member Cabinet on Tuesday.

Turkey and Qatar are reportedly cooperating to provide the reopening of Kabul airport for international flights.

Meanwhile, Iran’s news agency reported on Thursday that the Qatari Foreign Minister paid a visit to Tehran, where he met with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. In the meeting, Amir-Abdollahian expressed his hope to promote trade between the two countries, according to the Iranian state news agency. Amir-Abdollahian also emphasized his country’s support for a comprehensive Afghan government, comprising all factions.

However, the Iranian news agency did not mention any talks about the nuclear negotiations.

The Qatari Minister’s visit came days after the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, had visited the gas-rich Gulf country.

Iran and US relations have been tense in recent days due to a stalemate in talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

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