Qatari minister in Kabul in highest level foreign visit since Taliban took power

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Qatari FM Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani attends talks with Russian FM Sergei Lavrov in Moscow

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani attends talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (not seen) in Moscow, Russia Sept. 11, 2021. (ALEXANDER NEMENOV /Pool via REUTERS)

CAIRO — Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani held talks with the Taliban-appointed prime minister on Sunday, a Taliban spokesman said, in the highest level foreign visit to Kabul since the group seized the capital last month.

Qatar is considered one of the countries with the most influence over the Taliban and played a pivotal role in the massive US-led airlift of its own citizens, other Western nationals, and Afghans who helped Western countries.

The Qatari capital Doha was also the home of the Taliban’s political office which oversaw the negotiations with the United States that eventually led to the withdrawal of US forces from…

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