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In a joint press conference with EU’s Josep Borrell, Sheikh Mohammed called on the Taliban to maintain ‘gains’ made in past years.

Doha has become a key broker in Afghanistan following last month's withdrawal of US forces [Karim Jaafar/AFP]

Doha has become a key broker in Afghanistan following last month's withdrawal of US forces [Karim Jaafar/AFP]
30 Sep 2021

Qatar’s top diplomat says the Taliban’s moves on girls’ education in Afghanistan are “very disappointing” and “a step backwards”, and called on the group’s leadership to look to Doha for how to run an Islamic system.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani was referring to, among other things, the Taliban’s refusal to allow Afghan female secondary school students to resume their studies, weeks after the group took power.


He spoke at a news conference on Thursday with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell in Doha.

“The recent actions that we have seen unfortunately in Afghanistan, it has been very disappointing to see some steps being taken backwards,” he said.

Doha has become a key broker in Afghanistan following last month’s withdrawal of US forces, helping to evacuate thousands of foreigners and Afghans, engaging the new Taliban rulers and supporting operations at Kabul airport.

“We need to keep engaging them and urging them not to take such actions, and we have also been trying to demonstrate for the Taliban how Muslim countries can conduct their laws, how they can deal with the women’s issues,” said Sheikh Mohammed.

“One of the examples is the State of Qatar, which is a Muslim country; our system is an Islamic system [but] we have women outnumbering men in workforces, in government and in higher education.”



The Taliban has been accused of human rights abuses in recent weeks, including publicly stringing up the bodies of four alleged kidnappers from cranes in Herat last week.

The display of the dead kidnapping suspects, who were killed in a shootout, was the most high-profile public punishment since the Taliban swept to power last month.

It has been seen as a sign the Taliban will adopt fearsome measures similar to their previous rule from 1996 to 2001.

The Taliban follows an extremely strict interpretation of Islamic law that segregates men and women, and have also slashed women’s access to work.

It has been almost two weeks since girls were prevented from going to secondary school, and isolated rallies led by women have broken out across Afghanistan in recent days.


Sheikh Mohammed called on the Taliban to “maintain and preserve the gains made in past years” but warned the international community and “friendly” states not to isolate Afghanistan.

Borrell echoed the Qatari top diplomat, calling “some of the things that have happened in Afghanistan recently … quite disappointing”.

“Let’s hope we can manage to reorient … the Afghan government,” he said adding that he hoped Qatar could use its “strong influence” on the Taliban to encourage the group to improve its treatment of civilians.

EU-Qatar relations

Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi, reporting from Doha, said it was “interesting” to see how Qatar has evolved from being a reliable energy partner for the EU to an “equal partner on the international stage to try and solve global problems”.

The EU is likely to “lean on Qatar more and more” as a diplomatic ally and partner, Basravi said.

Since the topic of Afghanistan dominated the talks, it is clear that the EU wants to resolve the Afghan crisis and to “contain a potential displacement of people from leaving the region,” he added.

Meanwhile, the two diplomats discussed other “international topics including the nuclear agreement with Iran,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

Borrell said he believes nuclear talks with Iran will resume within an acceptable period of time.

“We continue to work towards a quick resumption of negotiations in Vienna,” he said.



SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

 

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WTF.. The propaganda is getting out of hand to the point state officials are addressing fake news as if that was an official news coming from IEA. Truth has become the casuality here and Qatar state overhead should not comment until he has verified the ground realities this is actully disappointing from him.

IEA said I qoute ''Schools will be open to girls'' but the fake news machine is at work here taking people out of context all they said were that we will prepare a good system for them but they never said at any point we will ban girls from school but repeatedly said schools will be opened to girls. There is a certain element in the media thinking their lies can turn into reality but that is just not ground realities and it is embarrasing. I remember IEA even called out recently AFP journalist publically by name for a blatant invention on part of one elderly IEA official distorting his words and putting in comments he never said..

At this point it is clear that segments in the western media are the ones desparately wanting IEA to ban girls to just write articles how about calling IEA and beg them to do so instead it would be easier that way.. Some people have alot of time on their hands nowadays distorting interviews as if these same interviews are not online and accessable. Like the AFP journalist thinking the IEA won't be reading articles but that is totally wrong IEA read everything written about them and she was called out for her invention by the IEA leading to her embarrasment
 
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WTF.. The propaganda is getting out of hand to the point state officials are addressing fake news as if that was an official news coming from IEA. Truth has become the casuality here and Qatar state overhead should not comment until he has verified the ground realities this is actully disappointing from him.

IEA said I qoute ''Schools will be open to girls'' but the fake news machine is at work here taking people out of context all they said were that we will prepare a good system for them but they never said at any point we will ban girls from school but repeatedly said schools will be opened to girls. There is a certain element in the media thinking their lies can turn into reality but that is just not ground realities and it is embarrasing. I remember IEA even called out recently AFP journalist publically by name for a blatant invention on part of one elderly IEA official distorting his words and putting in comments he never said..

At this point it is clear that segments in the western media are the ones desparately wanting IEA to ban girls to just write articles how about calling IEA and beg them to do so instead it would be easier that way.. Some people have alot of time on their hands nowadays distorting interviews as if these same interviews are not online and accessable. Like the AFP journalist thinking the IEA won't be reading articles but that is totally wrong IEA read everything written about them and she was called out for her invention by the IEA leading to her embarrasment

Qatar literally has a Taliban office there. Do you really think they'd comment on unverified news?
 

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called on the group’s leadership to look to Doha for how to run an Islamic system.

😂😂😂 One of the funniest things ive heard. Sure an Islamic system allows u to give bases to US and sell alcohol openly.
 

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In a joint press conference with EU’s Josep Borrell, Sheikh Mohammed called on the Taliban to maintain ‘gains’ made in past years.

Doha has become a key broker in Afghanistan following last month's withdrawal of US forces [Karim Jaafar/AFP]'s withdrawal of US forces [Karim Jaafar/AFP]

Doha has become a key broker in Afghanistan following last month's withdrawal of US forces [Karim Jaafar/AFP]
30 Sep 2021

Qatar’s top diplomat says the Taliban’s moves on girls’ education in Afghanistan are “very disappointing” and “a step backwards”, and called on the group’s leadership to look to Doha for how to run an Islamic system.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani was referring to, among other things, the Taliban’s refusal to allow Afghan female secondary school students to resume their studies, weeks after the group took power.


He spoke at a news conference on Thursday with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell in Doha.

“The recent actions that we have seen unfortunately in Afghanistan, it has been very disappointing to see some steps being taken backwards,” he said.

Doha has become a key broker in Afghanistan following last month’s withdrawal of US forces, helping to evacuate thousands of foreigners and Afghans, engaging the new Taliban rulers and supporting operations at Kabul airport.

“We need to keep engaging them and urging them not to take such actions, and we have also been trying to demonstrate for the Taliban how Muslim countries can conduct their laws, how they can deal with the women’s issues,” said Sheikh Mohammed.

“One of the examples is the State of Qatar, which is a Muslim country; our system is an Islamic system [but] we have women outnumbering men in workforces, in government and in higher education.”



The Taliban has been accused of human rights abuses in recent weeks, including publicly stringing up the bodies of four alleged kidnappers from cranes in Herat last week.

The display of the dead kidnapping suspects, who were killed in a shootout, was the most high-profile public punishment since the Taliban swept to power last month.

It has been seen as a sign the Taliban will adopt fearsome measures similar to their previous rule from 1996 to 2001.

The Taliban follows an extremely strict interpretation of Islamic law that segregates men and women, and have also slashed women’s access to work.

It has been almost two weeks since girls were prevented from going to secondary school, and isolated rallies led by women have broken out across Afghanistan in recent days.


Sheikh Mohammed called on the Taliban to “maintain and preserve the gains made in past years” but warned the international community and “friendly” states not to isolate Afghanistan.

Borrell echoed the Qatari top diplomat, calling “some of the things that have happened in Afghanistan recently … quite disappointing”.

“Let’s hope we can manage to reorient … the Afghan government,” he said adding that he hoped Qatar could use its “strong influence” on the Taliban to encourage the group to improve its treatment of civilians.

EU-Qatar relations

Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi, reporting from Doha, said it was “interesting” to see how Qatar has evolved from being a reliable energy partner for the EU to an “equal partner on the international stage to try and solve global problems”.

The EU is likely to “lean on Qatar more and more” as a diplomatic ally and partner, Basravi said.

Since the topic of Afghanistan dominated the talks, it is clear that the EU wants to resolve the Afghan crisis and to “contain a potential displacement of people from leaving the region,” he added.

Meanwhile, the two diplomats discussed other “international topics including the nuclear agreement with Iran,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

Borrell said he believes nuclear talks with Iran will resume within an acceptable period of time.

“We continue to work towards a quick resumption of negotiations in Vienna,” he said.



SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

On average half of the population is females. How can they keep half the population away from education and the realities of normal life. This system to curb the freedoms will not last.

maybe short term people will be forced, but long term barring education for half the population is a recipe for disaster.
 

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