Photo: Thomas West via Twitter

Thomas West discusses Afghanistan with Central Asian officials in Astana

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, has met officials from central Asian republics in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

West, who is visiting the region, including Qatar, where he is scheduled to meet the Taliban Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, said in a Twitter thread that he met officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan at the C5+1 summit.

West said: “Met with colleagues from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan for the #C5PlusUS session on Afghanistan in Astana to discuss our joint support of the Afghan people.

“I thank them all individually for a highly substantive exchange on critical issues, including security, human rights, the economy, and humanitarian needs.”

Formed in 2015, C5+1 is a diplomatic forum between 5 Central Asian countries and the US to enhance relations.

West is being accompanied by Rina Amiri, the US Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls and Human Rights.