The Taliban are discussing migration flows at the border and their relationships with Pakistani authorities

One of the heads of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, Mohamad Abbas Stanekzai, met with the Pakistani ambassador to Qatari territory, Syed Ahsan Raza Shah, this Friday to discuss the future of relations and migration flows on the Afghan-Pakistani border the face of the Afghans’ attempt to leave the country after the insurgents came to power.

The Pakistani embassy in Doha has posted on its Twitter profile about the meeting, at which the ambassador received seven high-ranking members of the Taliban delegation in the Qatari capital.

The Taliban are discussing migration flows at the border and their relationships with Pakistani authorities
The Taliban are discussing migration flows at the border and their relationships with Pakistani authorities

At the meeting, the parties discussed recent events and the “interests” of both parties with regard to their bilateral relations and it was agreed to “continue regular contacts,” the message said.

For his part, the spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, Mohamad Naim, indicated via the same social network that migration flows at the border were also discussed at the meeting.

“During the meeting, the problems faced by people crossing the border were discussed,” he said, emphasizing that both parties are committed to “continuing and developing positive relationships”.

In light of the looming Afghan refugee crisis after the insurgents came to power on August 15, the Pakistani authorities announced this week the temporary closure of key border crossings.

According to the Pakistani authorities and various NGOs, thousands of people are still waiting to leave Afghanistan as soon as possible. Pakistan is currently home to more than 2.7 million Afghan refugees who have fled the country since the 1970s.

Government sources have suggested that around 800,000 people are expected to arrive in Pakistan by land. The country has dozens of border crossings along the border, which stretches for around 2,500 kilometers.

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