Pugwash meeting postponed after UAE denies Taliban visas

Pugwash meeting postponed after UAE denies Taliban visas

SAM Staff,

A meeting scheduled to be held in Dubai on Afghanistan’s peace process was reportedly postponed after Taliban representatives from their Qatar office were refused United Arab Emirates visas.

The meeting was scheduled to have taken place in the first week of November but according to sources, ongoing tension between Qatar and a number of Arab countries was the reason for the UAE refusing to issue Taliban representatives visas.

The Dubai meeting was a Pugwash organization initiative. The organization has held a number of such meetings in the past and representatives from various political parties were supposed to have attended.

Nazar Mohammad Mutmaen, a writer and political activist, was himself due to have attended the meeting. He said however, that the meeting was postponed.

“The plan was that the meeting should be held in the first week of November, but now it seems the meeting will be held at the end of November in one of the Gulf countries and Taliban might attend,” he said.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid however told TOLO news over telephone that the group was not aware of the latest development. He said the Taliban had not agreed to attending the Dubai meeting.

But Mutmaen said: “At such meetings if foreigners and Afghan politicians sit together, their views get closer and it can help bring peace.”