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Qatar will protect US diplomatic interests in Afghanistan

Qatar will protect US diplomatic interests in Afghanistan. The two countries have agreed on this. An unnamed U.S. official confirmed the information.

With this decision, the United States is moving towards direct involvement with the Taliban, Reuters reported.

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan last August in the face of a troop withdrawal. On 15 August, President Ashraf Ghani fled abroad and the Taliban seized control of the Presidential Palace. Two weeks after the incident, they formed an interim government. But the world community, including the United States, has not yet recognized the Taliban government, citing various allegations.

The current economic crisis in Afghanistan is beginning to unfold. This situation will take a terrible shape in the coming winter. Various international organizations, including the United Nations, are warning of the dire situation in Afghanistan.

In this context, Western countries, including the United States, are considering ways to engage with the Taliban. They acknowledge the need to maintain relations with the Taliban to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will meet with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman on Friday. At a news conference, they will formally announce their diplomatic engagement with the Taliban.

The agreement will be effective after December 31. Some Qatari officials will oversee US diplomatic activities in Afghanistan. They will provide limited consulate services. This will include accepting passport applications, providing emergency assistance, providing information, etc.

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