Saudi Arabia considers Taliban insurgents as terrorists: officials
RIYADH - Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar has left for Saudi Arabia on a special invitation of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, Khaama Press has reported.
A spokesman for the Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) Qadir Shah confirmed that Atmar has left for Saudi on official visit and on a special invitation of Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud.
Qadir Shahd further added that Mr. Atmar will hold talks with senior Saudi officials during his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
According to Qadir Shah, Mr. Atmar will hold talks on a various issues of bilateral interest but did not elaborate further.
The Afghan government believes that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can play a vital role to assist Afghanistan in various sectors including the reconciliation process.
In the meantime, some changes have also been noted in the perspective of the Saudi officials regarding the militant groups conducting insurgency in Afghanistan.
A top Saudi diplomat told reporters in Kabul late last year that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia condemns all acts of insurgency against the Afghan government.
The Saudi diplomat Mishary bin Mazal Alharbi said the current stance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is that it considers the insurgency led by the Taliban group an act of terrorism.