The famous Saudi singer, “Mujtahid,” revealed that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had implemented the American administration’s orders to host 10,000 Afghan collaborators in Afghanistan.
In a tweet monitored by Watan, Mujtahid said that ten thousand Afghan collaborators will arrive in Riyadh in two batches, noting that special buildings, including Mina towers, are currently being prepared to host them.
He added that Mohammed bin Salman asked the Americans not to mention the name of the kingdom among the hosting countries, and the Americans agreed to his request.
Mohammed bin Salman is carrying out American orders to host 10,000 Afghani collaborators with the American occupation, who will arrive in two batches, and special buildings, including Mina towers, are currently being prepared to host them.
Ibn Salman asked the Americans not to mention the kingdom among the hosting countries, and the Americans agreed
– Mujtahidd (@mujtahidd) August 30, 2021
Saudi Arabia and the Taliban
Riyadh froze its relations with the Taliban in 1998 for refusing to extradite al-Qaeda leader at the time, Osama bin Laden, who rose to prominence in fighting the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s and stripped him of his citizenship due to attacks in the kingdom and activities targeting the royal family. According to Reuters news agency.
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On Friday, the UAE announced its agreement to host 5,000 Afghan nationals who were evacuated from Afghanistan, prior to their departure to other countries.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced that the UAE, at the request of the United States, will host Afghan citizens temporarily, before they travel to other countries.
The Afghan citizens who were evacuated to the UAE from the capital, Kabul, will leave in the coming days, on US planes, according to WAM news agency.
After the Taliban movement imposed almost complete control over Afghanistan – and perhaps not long before that – it was clear that Qatar plays a big role in the Afghan file, especially with its hosting of the talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban movement in Doha, but at the same time there was what he described Some say the “Saudi reservations” about getting involved in this thorny and complex file.
Qatar and the Afghan file… a double role?
Analysts believe that the Qatari role was not only a mediation between the Taliban and the Afghan government, or between the Taliban and the West, but rather there was a kind of support for the movement that recently took control of the country. According to a report published by DW Arabic.
In this context, Dr. Khaled Al-Jaber, professor of the Gulf Studies Program at Qatar University, says that his country played a major role during the period before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, and it seems that this role will continue for quite some time. This comes at a time when there appears to be Saudi reservations about increasing the scope of the role that Riyadh can play in the Afghan file, despite the old Saudi role in this file since the Russian invasion in the eighties and the great support provided by Saudi Arabia at all levels to the “Afghan Mujahideen.” Be it politically, militarily or financially.
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The Qatari political expert indicates that Qatar during the last period managed to build close relations with the Taliban movement, which seems to trust the Qatari role greatly, and Doha exploited those close relations in order to mediate between the Taliban and the United States to reach an agreement that guarantees the American withdrawal, “therefore the paper Qatar is very important, as Qatar wants to build on this partnership with the Taliban in order to have the ability to influence the course of things in Afghanistan, especially since the Taliban is also in dire need of the Qatari role for reasons including Qatar’s ability to mediate disputes and Qatar’s strong relationship with the United States To at least ensure that new rules of the game are agreed upon.”
Experts and analysts believe that Qatar wants to continue to play the role of mediator, led by its belief in the possibility of its intervention if problems arise in Afghanistan and providing another platform for dialogue to defuse any future crises.
German expert Dr. Guido Steinberg, an expert on the Middle East at the Institute for Science and Politics in Berlin, believes that Qatar has presented itself as a mediator for two decades until today, and that “the Gulf Emirate does not show any fear whatsoever about communicating with the actors in this file, adding that” Qatar offered itself as a mediator for the Taliban specifically in international forums, and that the reason for this is the relations that Doha established with the leaders of the Afghan movement at a relatively early time,” Steinberg told DW Arabic.
“Riyadh is working silently”
On the other hand, some believe that there is a Saudi reservation on the Afghan issue despite the Saudi historical role in Afghanistan.
Observers of the Afghan issue believe that this Saudi “reservation” is due to the new Saudi trends in dealing with any Islamist movement that engages in political action, while others believe that Saudi Arabia does not want to get involved in a file that apparently holds Qatar a lot of playing cards.
In this context, Brigadier General Hassan Dhafer Al-Shehri, a Saudi military and strategic expert, believes that “Saudi Arabia sees Afghanistan as a friendly and brotherly country, and that it is necessary for life to return to normal there, after the country suffered for three decades, in which the Prime Time Zone were displaced, development stopped and instability, which made it A place that attracts bats of darkness from terrorists.”
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The Saudi political expert does not see that his country has this reservation about getting involved in the Afghan file, pointing out that Saudi Arabia is very interested in what is happening in Afghanistan, “Also, Saudi Arabia has very close relations with all the actors in this file, whether Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan or Russia, Therefore, Saudi Arabia is already involved in working with influential countries, in addition to its relations with some leaders such as the former president or Hamid Karzai.
Al-Shehri pointed out that Saudi Arabia received Afghan religious scholars from all Afghan sects in Mecca before, stressing that the kingdom’s foreign policy does not depend on noise and the media, but it works silently and that all of the above negates the idea of ”Saudi reservations.”
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