Why Qatar fosters close contact with the Taliban
10 September 2021 | 7:06 pm
Qatar has longstanding ties with the Taliban. While this approach is criticized by some, others benefit from the country's contacts. Qatar's main interest is to cement its position as a regional mediator.
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