The new Afghan government is looking for allies.
On Sunday, Taliban leaders welcomed Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, who has become the most senior official to visit the country since taking power last month. He met the head of the Taliban government, Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund.
The Qatari delegation also met with former President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, the previous government’s chief negotiator in the peace talks with the Taliban.
A regular mediator in the country, Qatar “urged Afghan officials to engage all Afghan parties in national reconciliation”.
“The meeting focused on bilateral relations, humanitarian aid, economic development and interaction with the world,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said in a tweet.
While trying to consolidate their government, the Taliban face a huge economic crisis.
Despite the resumption of imports of raw materials and fuel more than two weeks ago, prices are soaring, fueling complaints from citizens and transport workers.
In addition, the health care system is on the verge of collapse.
With external supply stopping and understaffing after many fled the country, workers are struggling to treat more patients while waiting for wages that have not been paid for months.