Afghanistan on Agenda at Antalya Diplomacy Forum


The Antalya Diplomacy Forum held on Friday included officials and envoys from around 200 countries, including acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, and the meeting focused on Ukraine but Afghanistan was also on the agenda.

A delegation of the Islamic Emirate left Kabul for Turkey earlier in the week, and the forum will run from March 11-13.

On the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, Muttaqi held a trilateral meeting with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and the US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

“In this meeting, many different matters including the recognition of the Islamic Emirate, economic development and the extension of political relations were discussed,” said Zia Ahmad Takal, deputy spokesman for MoFA.

“The Islamic Emirate has fulfilled all conditions for recognition and should be recognized by the international community. The Afghan assets should be released and there should be engagement with Afghanistan and the right Afghans,” Muttaqi told the reporters in Turkey.

On Thursday, West tweeted he would be attending the Antalya Diplomacy Forum on March 11-13 in Turkey, and he looks forward to “discussions with important partners regarding international engagement with Afghanistan.”

Muttaqi is expected to meet with the diplomats and envoys of several countries on Afghanistan, in which he would stress the extension of diplomatic ties with the international community.

“Until the conditions of the world are met by the Islamic Emirate and positive steps are taken, I don’t think these meetings will be effective,” said Sayed Sijadi, an international relations analyst.

According to MoFA, the Afghan delegation will urge the international community to ramp up humanitarian efforts for Afghanistan.

“I hope all the relevant issues with the US will be clearly explained in this meeting,” said Ahmad Khan Andar, a political analyst. —Tolonews


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