The Dutch delegation met with representatives of the Afghan Taliban in Qatar, said the head of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sigrid Kaag. The information about the meeting was previously provided by the Afghan portal Tolo News. According to the portal, the talks focused on the situation in Afghanistan and the possibility of evacuating Dutch citizens from that country.
The Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag confirmed on Wednesday that the Dutch delegation met with Afghan Taliban representatives in Qatar. The information about the meeting was previously provided by the Afghan portal Tolo News. He quoted a Taliban spokesman saying that the Deputy Head of the Taliban Politburo in Doha, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, was to speak to the Dutch delegation.
According to Tolo News, the talks focused on the situation in Afghanistan, the possibility of evacuating Dutch citizens, and the continued operation of the Kabul airport.
Sigrid Kaag, who is in Qatar with an official delegation, told reporters on Wednesday that such a meeting had taken place and “if it is beneficial for the Netherlands, talks with the Taliban will continue.” However, she stressed that this did not mean recognition of the new regime in Afghanistan. The daily “De Telegraaf” reported that in less than two weeks, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs received 13,000. requests from Afghans claiming to be eligible to evacuate the country and obtain asylum in the Netherlands. The newspaper reminds that 2.5 thousand people have recently been evacuated from Afghanistan. people, half of whom are Dutch nationals and the rest are Afghans.
Main photo source: LEX VAN LIESHOUT / PAP / EPA