Some western countries expressed grave concern about the presence and operations of extremist groups in Afghanistan and said the Taliban were not meeting their counter-terrorism commitments.
Special envoys and representatives for Afghanistan of the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States met last week and released a joint communiqué on Thursday.
They said the presence of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was recently killed in a US strike, showed the Taliban was not keeping its commitment.
Blinken says Taliban ‘grossly’ violated Doha agreement by sheltering ZawahiriThe Taliban “grossly” violated the Doha Agreement by hosting and sheltering al-Qaeda’s top leader Ayman al-Zawahri, the US Secretary of State Antony ... World News
Little-known modified Hellfire likely killed al-Qaeda’s ZawahiriHellfire missiles, mostly made by Lockheed Martin, are precision guided munitions for air-to-ground strikes that normally cause significant damage, taking down whole buildings and killing or severely injury anyone nearby. World News
Analysis: Al-Qaeda will pursue attacks undeterred by Zawahiri loss, experts sayThe US Hellfire missiles that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri dealt al-Qaeda a powerful symbolic blow, but its far-flung branches are tactically independent ... Middle East