Rab meets with Qatar chief to discuss safe passage from Afghanistan


British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab visited Doha, the capital of Qatar, on Thursday to discuss the prospect of opening a safe passage for foreigners and Afghan citizens who want to leave Afghanistan.

This trip is part of a diplomatic mission to mobilize regional powers to put pressure on the Taliban to curb the threat of terrorism and keep its promise to protect human rights.

Raab meets Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Altani and Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Altani to operate Kabul Airport and enable foreigners and Afghanistan to pass safely across national borders. Discussed the possibilities.

Qatar’s foreign minister said at a press conference after the meeting that Qatar had talked with the Taliban about the reopening of the airport and had hope.

“It’s not yet clear when it will be fully functional, but we’re working very hard and working with the Taliban to identify the gaps and risks of getting the airport up and running. “He said.

“We look forward to getting it up and running as soon as possible.”

Dominic Raab Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Tani
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab (L) and Qatar’s counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Tani will hold a joint press conference in Doha, Qatar on September 2, 2021. (KarimJaafar / AFP via Getty Images)

“We won’t recognize the Taliban in the near future,” Raab said in a press conference, but believes that “there is significant room for involvement and dialogue.”

He also said that Qatar, which has been receiving a lot of attention in recent years regarding Afghanistan, is “key” in dealing with the future crisis as it seeks widespread support for diplomatic efforts.

“I think above all, I think we need to put together a group that can have the greatest mitigating impact on what the Taliban do next. We certainly judge them. Yes, in their words. But more importantly, what they do to keep the guarantee. They made it, “he added.

Rab previously said it was difficult to know the exact number of British citizens remaining in Afghanistan, but estimated that number to be “less than a few hundred.”

Labor claimed that the government had “significantly” underestimated its numbers, but the government believed that 800 to 1,100 Afghans would be eligible to settle in Britain under Afghan relocation and support policies. Is estimated to have been left behind.

A former British soldier stuck in Kabul on Tuesday said he plans to bring about 400 Afghans to neighboring countries across the border, clearing the diplomatic hurdles on the other side to the Foreign Ministry. Asked to help.

PA contributed to this report.

Lily Zhou