UAE Leader Meets Taliban Official Amid International Divide

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi, met with Sirajuddin Haqqani, a Taliban official wanted by the US, to discuss cooperation and regional stability. The meeting underscores international differences in handling the Taliban, which took control of Afghanistan in 2021 and imposed restrictive policies.


PTI | Dubai | Updated: 05-06-2024 11:00 IST | Created: 05-06-2024 11:00 IST
UAE Leader Meets Taliban Official Amid International Divide
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
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In a significant diplomatic move, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ruler of Abu Dhabi, met Sirajuddin Haqqani, a key Taliban official with a US bounty, in the Emirati capital. The interaction took place at the Qasr Al Shati palace and was covered by the state-run WAM news agency, which published an image of the handshake between the two leaders.

The meeting accentuates the global discord regarding the Taliban, who have governed Afghanistan since 2021, enforcing restrictive measures on education for girls and women's roles in society. Despite the Western bloc's refusal to recognize the Taliban as Afghanistan's legitimate government, Middle Eastern and other nations have started engaging with the group.

Discussions centered on enhancing bilateral cooperation, focusing on economic development and regional stability. This diplomatic engagement marks a stark contrast to the West's stance, highlighting the complex international landscape surrounding Afghanistan post-Taliban takeover.

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