Japan to relocate its Kabul embassy to Qatar


apan’s top diplomat says his country has temporarily moved its embassy from Afghanistan to Turkey but now plans to relocate it to Qatar, where the Taliban have an office.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters that his talks with leaders in the region suggest that Doha, the capital of Qatar, will carry growing political importance.

“I believe various forms of communication will take place,” Motegi said.

Isolating the Taliban could pose a threat to the whole region: Expert

Sultan Barakat, the director of the centre for conflict and humanitarian studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, has told Al Jazeera “the coming few days and months will test to the limit the strength of international diplomacy”.

“Yesterday, we saw the United Nations resolution and the discussion that happened. Overall that was in the right direction, but we still have not learned the importance of language and communication with the Taliban,” he said.

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“… they are a very proud people who do not take well to either threats or conditions. There was a missed opportunity yesterday to set up those conditions but maybe in relation to triggers, specific targets, timeline, stepping stones that the Taliban should be very clear about,” he said.

Barakat also said “the real issue that is going to face the Taliban now is the issue of financial flow”.

“Isolating them entirely could only lead to a worse situation and I can think of many threats to the region and maybe to the world that could come as a result of isolating them entirely. For example, in order to raise funds, they could sell the weapons that they inherited from the United States and those weapons could then spread across the region,” he said.

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