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Countdown: Four days until Doha conference on Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

We’re just four days away from the Doha Conference, organized by the United Nations in Qatar’s capital, Doha, on February 18th and 19th. There’s been a lot of criticism surrounding this conference, and many people, including human rights defenders, are planning to protest against it.

The second Doha conference, attended by special representatives from specific countries for Afghanistan and representatives of international organizations, will be held in four days.

Feridun Sinirlioglu, the UN’s special coordinator for Afghanistan, has also invited the Taliban government to attend this conference, while according to the admissions of opposing political movements, the Taliban has not been invited from these political movements.

The UN’s effort to hold this conference, which has been accompanied by extensive criticism due to speculations about “normalizing the Taliban,” has raised concerns. On the other hand, details of the possible participation of Afghan civil society members in this universal conference have not been disclosed, leading to speculation about disregarding the reality of Afghanistan under Taliban rule on social networks.

Human rights defenders, protesting women, and women’s rights activists, with whom discussions have been held since the date of this conference was announced, have all expressed concern about holding this conference, which is “somewhat planned in line with the goals of the Taliban.”

Mina Rafiq, one of the women’s rights activists, told Khaama Press: “In previous conferences, real representatives of women were not present and were ineffective. In the Doha conference, women who practically protest and fight against Taliban policies should be invited.”

Former US Ambassador Ryan Crocker asserts that the upcoming international meeting on Afghanistan in Doha won’t grant legitimacy to the Taliban’s government. Crocker told Voice of America that the United Nations, as the meeting’s host, should clarify that the Taliban regime doesn’t deserve recognition and shouldn’t be considered a legitimate government.

Critiquing the Biden administration, Crocker accuses it of neglecting Afghanistan and disregarding the bans on women’s education and work. He alleges that the Taliban hasn’t undergone intellectual or political changes, maintaining ties with Al-Qaeda and posing a threat to Afghanistan, the region, and the world.

Stressing the need for continued diplomatic efforts, Crocker suggests that the US should thwart potential threats in the region. Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the White House’s National Security Council affirmed that the Taliban government must fulfil its commitments before receiving recognition.

John Kirby clarified that the United States hasn’t made any efforts to normalize relations with the Taliban, reiterating the unchanged US policy towards the group.

On the eve of this conference, some women’s protest movements in Afghanistan have issued calls for gatherings because, according to them, “one cannot be optimistic about the results of this conference, as evident from its planning.”

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