World Desk, Amar Ujala, Kabul
Published by: Mukesh Kumar Jha
Updated Saturday, Nov 06, 2021 05:17 PM IST
This will be the acting Foreign Minister’s first visit to Pakistan after the Taliban seized Afghanistan on August 15. Muttaki was invited by Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during his visit to Kabul last month.
Muttaki, Taliban Foreign Minister
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The sources said that the Afghan minister will be accompanied by several senior Taliban officials and will discuss a number of issues with Pakistani officials. However, he said the visit should not be seen as a formal recognition of the Taliban government in Afghanistan. He said that the details of the trip have not been made public at the moment. Pakistan has not formally recognized the Taliban government, but it is one of the few countries that has retained its diplomatic mission in Kabul, as well as the envoy.
Sources said Muttaki’s possible visit is part of an exercise by Pakistan to continue talks with the Kabul administration. A senior official said Pakistan shared the concerns of the international community that the Taliban government needed to honor its commitments. These commitments include an inclusive government that protects women’s rights and does not allow Afghan land to be reused by any terrorist organization. Muttaki, the leader of the Taliban, participated in talks with the United States about the withdrawal of American troops from war-torn Afghanistan.