Lolwah Al Khater: Qatar's Neutrality, Credibility Behind Success of US, Taliban Agreement

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Doha / Information Office / February 29

HE Assistant Foreign Minister and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater underscored that the reasons that enabled the State of Qatar and the rest of the parties to overcome the obstacles that hindered the achievement of the peace process between the United States and the Taliban movement are due to Qatar standing at the same distance from everyone, which led to progress in negotiations after it was stopped, despite the presence of attempts from several countries that were not successful.

In a statement to reporters on the sidelines of the ceremony for the conclusion of the agreement for bringing peace to Afghanistan, signed between the US and the Taliban movement in Doha on Saturday, HE Al Khater said that the factors for success are the patience of the State of Qatar, as well as the firm and steadfast approach of the State of Qatar to committing to neutrality, honesty, and not hiding any undeclared agendas.

She noted that the commitment of the State of Qatar to peace is what enabled it to achieve this historic achievement, confirming that the State of Qatar will continue its efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.

On the pivotal role the State of Qatar played in building peace between the US and the Taliban, while other countries followed the method of escalation and demolition, HE Al Khater pointed out that the demolition process is always easier than building, and fueling and igniting wars is easier than achieving the peace that needs efforts and determination.

HE Assistant Foreign Minister affirmed that the State of Qatar sought to play a positive role, noting that these endeavors are considered a very important step on the path to establishing sustainable and comprehensive peace in Afghanistan, which contains all components of the Afghan people.

HE Lolwah bint Rashid Al Khater noted that the agreement for bringing peace to Afghanistan is a historical achievement for Qatari diplomacy, adding that this is a great step forward. She expressed thanks for all parties that participated in achieving this achievement, as without their responsiveness shown by all parties, this achievement would not have been achieved.

She explained that this step between the United States of America and the Taliban movement constitutes an important path in the peace process, while the other important path is the Afghan-Afghan dialogue.

HE Al Khater added that last year, Qatar organized an Afghan-Afghan dialogue conference, and it was a successful conference, which contributed to the convergence of views of the Afghan society, including women.