Taliban set to open office in Qatar

Taliban set to open office in Qatar
Mon Jun 17, 2013 21:18:33

Taliban will open a political office in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, Media reports say.

According to a report by Aljazeera, the Afghan armed group is going to open an office in Doha which will “aim at facilitating peace talks”.

Other reports suggested that the office is also aimed at providing a base for the terrorist group to negotiate with the United States.

The Taliban sent representatives to Doha last year with the aim of pursuing talks with the US, but the process stalled over a failure to agree terms for the release of five Afghan insurgent commanders held at Guantánamo Bay.

In March, Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, met the emir of Qatar to discuss plans for the Taliban to open an office in the Persian Gulf state.

According to reports, Qatari government attempts to bring Taliban closer to the latest activities of the terrorist groups in Syria.

Syrian government has been providing evidences of Qatar government’s supports of the terrorist and armed rebel groups in Syria, from training them to equipping them with arms.

However smaller armed groups in Syria have been voicing commitment to al-Qaeda and so Qatar’s ambitions to make closer ties with Taliban is seen as a compensation for losing its influence on these militant groups.

US stances towards Taliban have always been under question among Middle Eastern countries.

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