Davos 2023: Qatar “will stand by the women of Afghanistan”

Qatar says dialogue with Taliban necessary although disappointing

Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, told CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that Qatar stands by the women of Afghanistan.

The minister agreed that recent measures taken by Afghanistan’s Taliban-led administration were “very disappointing”, but that Doha will continue to engage with them and “find a solution through dialogue”.


The Taliban-led administration which seized power in Afghanistan in August 2021, recently imposed further bans on women in the workplace (with few exceptions) and banned women from attending university and high school.

According to Reuters, Qatar is consulting with other Muslim countries to establish a dialogue with Taliban officials in Kandahar, the minister explained, and while it would “not be an easy job” it was important to keep trying.

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