People wait in the hallways of Pakistan’s Parliament building during the Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting on Sunday in Islamabad. (Claire Harbage/NPR)
Thirty foreign ministers and deputy foreign ministers from Islamic countries, as well as special representatives from the U.S., China and Russia and the United Nations, attended the one-day conference, the largest international meeting on Afghanistan since the country fell to the Taliban in August.
Amir Khan Muttaqi, the Taliban’s interim foreign minister, attended with his own delegation. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Muttaqi met with Thomas West, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan, among other representatives.
“Forces that had serious reservations are now engaging and talking,” Qureshi said at a news conference. As for the Taliban, he said, “I’m sure they were sensitized to the expectations of the international community.”