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Envoys from 14 countries, including S. Korea, meet Taliban's top diplomat

All News 23:20 October 28, 2021

New Delhi, Oct. 28 (Yonhap) -- Envoys from 14 countries, including South Korea, held talks with the Taliban government's top diplomat in Doha, South Korean officials said Thursday.

Amb. Choi Tae-ho of South Korea attended the meeting between acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, and ambassadors and representatives from Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Japan and other countries in the Qatari capital Wednesday.

It was the first time South Korea has had a high-level meeting with the interim Afghan government since the Taliban's takeover in early August.

Envoys from 14 countries, including South Korea, hold talks with acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in Doha on Oct. 27, 2021, in this photo captured from the Talban's social media post. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

"The meeting lasted about one hour, but I understand they did not have in-depth talks," a South Korean diplomatic source said.

"The meeting was not of much significance, as the sides only confirmed their existing positions," the official said.

South Korean embassy officials evacuated from Kabul in August and are currently staying in Doha.

During the meeting, reportedly mediated by the Qatari government, the envoys urged the Taliban to abide by international rules, respect human rights, guarantee safe passage to Afghanistan and eradicate terrorism, the official said.

Muttaqi reportedly called for the formal recognition of the new Afghan government and economic support.

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