On arrival, the negotiating team was given a red-carpet welcome at the Doha airport and welcomed by Qatar’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sultan bin Saad Al-Marikhi.
Soon after his arrival, Abdullah issued a short tweet saying: “Arrived in Doha, Qatar to attend the opening ceremony of the intra-Afghan peace talks. During my stay I will attend & speak at opening ceremony. I also would meet leaders of the host state, heads of delegates, & representatives of the participant countries.”
Reports indicate that representatives from at least 30 countries will attend Saturday’s opening ceremony – including all Afghanistan’s neighboring countries and India.