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DOHA, Qatar — A closed-door summit on Afghanistan ended Tuesday in Qatar with none formal acknowledgment of the Taliban-controlled authorities there, although the United Nations’ chief mentioned they might maintain one other assembly sooner or later.

U.N. Secretary-Basic António Guterres attended the summit, which the world physique described as nations and organizations attempting to succeed in unified stances on human rights, governance, counterterrorism and anti-drug efforts. No recognition had been anticipated to come back out of the assembly, although activists in latest days criticized the chance.

“To attain our targets, we can’t disengage,” Guterres mentioned. “And lots of known as for engagement to be more practical and primarily based on classes we have now discovered from the previous.”

He didn’t elaborate, although the Taliban beforehand managed Afghanistan from 1994 to 2001.

Requested by a journalist if there could be any circumstance underneath which he’d be wiling to straight meet with the Taliban, Guterres mentioned: “When it’s the proper second to take action, I’ll clearly not refuse that chance — however right this moment shouldn’t be the precise second to take action.”

Absent from the assembly have been the Taliban themselves, who took over Afghanistan in August 2021.

Suhail Shaheen, the top of the Taliban’s political workplace in Doha, informed The Related Press that the brand new Afghan authorities dismissed the talks.

“If they aren’t prepared to listen to us and know our place concerning the problems, how can they attain a convincing and palatable answer?” Shaheen mentioned. “One-sided choices couldn’t ship. Afghanistan is an impartial nation. It has its personal voice; we wish them to hearken to our voice.”

Shaheen on Sunday met Andrew McCoubrey, director of Afghanistan and Pakistan at the UK’s Overseas Workplace, and Yue Xiaoyong, China’s particular envoy for Afghanistan, in Doha.

“As you already know, the U.N. envoy has talks with authorities officers in Kabul, however in relation to these kinds of conferences … we aren’t invited,” Shaheen added. “We predict this isn’t the answer for Afghan points and its final result can’t be efficient.”

Afghanistan’s performing international minister, Maulvi Amir Khan Muttaqi, will journey to Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, later this week to satisfy Chinese language and Pakistani officers.

Within the time because the Taliban seizing energy, Afghanistan has become the most repressive in the world for women and girls, disadvantaged of nearly all their primary rights, in response to the U.N.

Ladies are banned from schooling past sixth grade and ladies are barred from working, learning, touring with out a male companion, and even going to parks or bathtub homes. Girls should additionally cowl themselves from head to toe and are barred from working at nationwide and worldwide non-governmental organizations, disrupting the supply of humanitarian assist. Afghanistan remains wracked by poverty and hunger, squeezed like different nations by Russia’s conflict on Ukraine.

In the meantime, considerations stay over Afghanistan once more turning into a haven for Islamic extremists desirous to strike out overseas. The U.S.-led 2001 invasion got here on the again of al-Qaida’s Sept. 11 attack on New York and Washington. For the reason that takeover, the U.S. has carried out drone strikes concentrating on suspected militants.

These considerations have sophisticated how nations, significantly the West, cope with Afghanistan right this moment.

Activists had fearful the Qatar summit may see the worldwide group attain a recognition cope with the Taliban whilst girls stay largely barred from society.

The Taliban are “a terrorist group whose deeply repressive regime has systematically sought to erase greater than half of the inhabitants from society,” an open letter from the activists learn. “Having denied girls and women virtually all of their basic human rights, the Taliban has change into the one regime on the planet upholding a system of gender apartheid.”

The nations that took half within the Doha summit included China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, the USA and Uzbekistan.

Qatar, an energy-rich nation on the Arabian Peninsula which lengthy hosted a political workplace for the Taliban, hosted the talks.

Related Press writers Riazat Butt in Islamabad, Edith M. Lederer on the United Nations and Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.

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