Qatar’s international minister mentioned on Monday the Gulf state has urged Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers to respect ladies’s rights and that it was nonetheless too early to think about recognising their authorities.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani was talking in a joint press convention with French international minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Doha. Le Drian mentioned dozens of French nationals are nonetheless in Afghanistan and Paris is working with Qatar to evacuate them.
“We have always urged the Taliban and the government, we reiterated that yesterday, that the Afghan people’s gains must be protected including women’s rights and their role in the development of Afghanistan,” Sheikh Mohammed mentioned.
During their earlier 1996-2001 rule, the Taliban severely restricted ladies’s rights, together with banning them from schooling and work, and there are fears they might achieve this once more following their return to energy final month with the collapse of the Western-backed authorities and the withdrawal of international forces.
Qatar, an absolute monarchy the place political events are banned, has itself come below criticism from Human Rights Watch and others for its place on ladies. Although they’ve a relative freedom within the Gulf state, ladies are nonetheless below the guardianship system that stops them making unbiased selections on fundamental rights similar to marriage, travel and accessing reproductive well being care and not using a male guardian’s approval.
In 2020, Qatar allowed ladies to acquire a driving license with out permission.
Sheikh Mohammed met with the Taliban authorities’s prime minister and different senior officers in Kabul on Sunday.
He mentioned the Taliban had informed Qatari officers they need to interact with the worldwide group and for embassies, shuttered after it took over Kabul, to reopen.
The Qatari and French ministers mentioned the worldwide group is ready for the hardline Islamist group to satisfy its guarantees and that it was too early to debate recognition of the brand new authorities in Kabul.
“We believe keeping insisting on the issue of recognition right now is not going to be helpful for anyone. What we believe can be helpful and more constructive is to engage with them to make sure the commitments they have put forward will be implemented,” Sheikh Mohammed mentioned.
Qatar has appreciable affect over the Taliban and performed a pivotal function within the US-led airlift of its personal residents, different international nationals and Afghans who helped Western nations.
The capital Doha hosts the Taliban’s political workplace, which oversaw the negotiations with the United States that finally led to the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.