Qatar’s Prime Minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, has urged Muslim scholars to dialogue with the supreme leader of the Taliban de facto administration.
During an interview with CNN, the Prime Minister said that during his discussions in Kandahar, he certainly conveyed that for the Taliban interim government to integrate into the international community, cooperation is essential.
He asked the Taliban to cooperate with us to create a modern Muslim nation like Qatar, where women play vital roles, hold leadership positions, and outnumber men in higher education.
“You need to work with us to have your country as a modern Muslim country as Qatar. Qatar is a Muslim country where women are allowed and are proud. They are an active part of the community. They are very productive. They are leaders, ministers, ambassadors.
They are at all levels, at work or in schools. They are outnumbering the men in the higher education,” Qatar’s PM said.
He also added that Muslim scholars must engage with the Taliban leader. It’s our regional responsibility to convey that we’re normal Muslim societies.
“I think Muslim scholars have a moral role to engage with him (Taliban leader) and to talk to him. I think we have a responsibility as Muslim countries, as countries in the region, to be vocal on that and to talk to him because we are the best people who can explain to them that we are all Muslim countries. We are acting like normal societies,” Al Thani said.
When asked about his outlook, he responded with optimism, saying, “I’m always hopeful.”
Since the Taliban’s return, they have implemented oppressive policies, severely limiting women’s access to education and employment opportunities.