The seventh session of the Afghanistan Future Thought Forum (AFTF) took place on Sunday in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
During the event, participants discussed the ongoing challenges in Afghanistan and explored possible measures to build trust in the region, said Sultan Barakat, Director of Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.
“At this meeting, there was a discussion about trust building and reviewing current challenges in Afghanistan and potential trust-building measures; the meeting was held in continuation of the efforts in line with the policy of interaction with the Islamic Emirate,” Barakat added.
The meeting reportedly took place in a closed-door setting.
Barakat said the Afghan Friends Task Force (AFTF) had active involvement from Afghan men and women, totalling 30 participants. Fatima Gilani, who formerly chaired the Afghan Red Crescent Society, was the task force’s leader.
During this event, diplomats representing countries such as Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Belgium, Sweden, Canada, Australia, and Norway and representatives from the European Union and the World Bank engaged in discussions with Afghan delegates.
Although Barakat did not furnish specific information regarding the attendance of representatives from the Taliban administration at the AFTF session, there were indications that Farooq Azam, the Ministry of Water and Energy advisor, took part in the meeting.
Barakat added that AFTF members thanked the Uelma of Alech for insights on enacting Sharia law within a framework of administrative autonomy.