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Qatari official says recognising Taliban government not a priority

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    Published: 2021-10-12 17:23:47 BdST

Taliban delegates meet with US and European delegates in Doha, Qatar October 12, 2021. REUTERS

Qatar believes that recognising the Taliban government in Afghanistan is not a priority now, and that the focus should be on engaging with the new administration and addressing humanitarian issues, a senior Qatari official said on Tuesday.

"We think this (recognition) is not a priority. What's more a priority as we speak now is the humanitarian, is the education, is free passage of passengers," Mutlaq Al-Qahtani, special envoy to the Qatari foreign minister, said at a global security forum in Doha.