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Third Doha meeting raises expectations amid uncertainty and concerns

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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

Following the first and second meetings hosted by the United Nations on Afghanistan, the third Doha meeting has created expectations that were not met in the previous two rounds. Additionally, some parties whose participation in this meeting is unclear have expressed concerns about its proceedings.

The third Doha meeting will be held from June 30 to July 1 in Doha, the capital of Qatar, hosted by the United Nations. This meeting will involve representatives from various countries on Afghan affairs, and the topics discussed in previous meetings are expected to be revisited.

The second Doha meeting in February focused on “how to interact with the Taliban” but ended without “tangible” results. The main reasons for the previous meeting’s failure were the Taliban’s absence, the lack of consensus among countries on engaging with it, and the lack of international agreement on appointing a special representative.

The Taliban has given its green light for participation in the third Doha talks. Preliminary reviews by the Taliban Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicate that “controversial issues” will not be discussed in the meeting.

In a press release announcing the date of the third Doha meeting, the United Nations stated that the goal is to discuss “how the international community should engage” with the Taliban. The agenda of previous meetings appears to be continued, but it remains unclear which civil society members, political exiles, and women will be invited to this meeting.

It is noteworthy that some parties, political groups, and women have reacted to the announcement of this meeting in a joint statement, asserting that these groups “as representatives of the will of the people, ethnic groups, and women” should have meaningful participation in the third Doha meeting.

Rina Amiri, the U.S. Special Representative for Afghan Women, has also called for the meaningful presence of Afghan women at the third Doha meeting. She has held discussions with permanent representatives and special envoys from Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Canada, and France to this end.

Meanwhile, some senior UN officials have described the current situation in Afghanistan as concerning. Recently, Martin Griffiths, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, said in a press briefing that all hopes for Afghanistan have been lost. He made these remarks on the eve of the Doha meeting.

Mr. Griffiths stated, “I have worked in Afghanistan for a long time, and we had hopes then. We even had written commitments on how to proceed with the Taliban, but those hopes have been dashed.”

In previous Doha meetings, the goal was to achieve a consensus among countries on following the UN Secretary-General’s plan to resolve Afghanistan’s political crisis, which apparently did not yield results. This plan included appointing a special representative from the United Nations in Afghanistan, who would be responsible for establishing an inclusive government, a proposal the Taliban has openly opposed.

Although the agenda for the third Doha meeting has not been made public, the Taliban’s potential participation and regional consultations to build consensus on Afghanistan have raised expectations that this meeting may produce practical outcomes.

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