- Pictures of the meeting were sent to the media by the Taliban, indicating that the group was warmly welcomed by the Uzbek government.
- The Uzbek Foreign Ministry also said in a statement that the two sides discussed issues related to promoting a peaceful political process in Afghanistan.
- Brother Mullah Abdul Ghani is one of four people who founded the Taliban group led by Mullah Mohammad Omar.
The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticizes the Uzbek government’s official acceptance of the Taliban, saying such acceptance does not represent a basis for peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban representatives. Two days ago, the Taliban announced that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of Taliban’s political bureau in Qatar, met with Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdul Aziz Kamelov.
“We call on all countries, especially the neighboring countries, to respect the leadership and ownership of the Afghan people and government as the legitimate representative of these people in the peace process,” said Sabghatullah Ahmadi, Spokesperson and Director General of Communication – Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
Pictures of the meeting were sent to the media by the Taliban, indicating that the group was warmly welcomed by the Uzbek government. A photo shows the Taliban sitting with the Uzbek authorities at the dinner table, with some musicians holding musical instruments in a corner of the hall. But it is not clear whether or not the Taliban representatives have banned music. The photo has received a lot of reaction on social media. During their rule, the Taliban banned all kinds of music and instruments.
The Taliban group said in a news release that “Akhund, an Emirate of Malikabad political representative, and his delegation today attended a dinner hosted by Irkin Tordimov, a Samarkand governor.” The Uzbek Foreign Ministry also said in a statement that the two sides discussed issues related to promoting a peaceful political process in Afghanistan in order to establish lasting peace in the country. The statement said Mullah Baradar welcomed the next round of inter-Afghan talks in Samarkand, Uzbekistan’s capital.
Sabghatullah Ahmadi wrote on Twitter: “Afghanistan has always welcomed international and regional cooperation especially with neighboring countries for the Afghan peace process. Now the Republic of Uzbekistan has declared its readiness to do so and officially welcomed the Taliban.”
Mullah Brother’s trips to the countries of the region
Brother Mullah Abdul Ghani is one of four people who founded the Taliban group led by Mullah Mohammad Omar. He was released from prison in Pakistan about six months after serving eight years and appointed as head of the Taliban’s political bureau in Qatar.
Malabaradar was at the second inter-Afghan meeting held in Moscow this year on the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Russia. Three members of the Taliban group attended. The three-day meeting also included a delegation of political figures from Kabul, who spoke with Taliban representatives.
Since then, Mr. Brother has traveled to at least three countries – China, Indonesia, and Uzbekistan – and held talks with officials in those countries. In a meeting with Indonesian officials, the delegation also discussed “the importance of cooperation in Afghanistan’s future peace talks,” the statement said.