Qatar to support Afghanistan peace efforts

The Qatari leadership has assured Afghan President Ashraf Ghani of support in different fields especially the Afghanistan’s peace effort, reported Pajhwok News Agency.

The Afghan Presidential Palace said in a statement that President Ashraf Ghani, at the head of a high-ranking delegation, on Tuesday left for Qatar to condole with Qatari leaders the demise of the former Emir Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani, who died on Sunday aged 84.

The Afghan president met deputy emir of the state of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Qatari prime minister, Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and the country’s foreign minister, Mohammad bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani.

On the other hand, the Qatari foreign minister said they owed a debt of gratitude to President Ghani for visiting Doha to sympathize the former emir’s demise.

the Qatari foreign minister, Mohammad bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani said that his country was ready to provide Afghanistan with every kind of support it needed in all fields especially establishing enduring peace in the war-torn country.

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani has decided also to inaugurate Qatar’s Embassy in Kabul in near future, Abdulrahman added.

Earlier this week, two Taliban officials told Reuters that the militant movement held informal, secret peace talks with the Afghan government earlier this month in Qatar.

These efforts to revive the talks collapsed when the United States killed former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a drone strike in Pakistan in May