Saudi Arabia expressed ‘astonishment and regret’ over the ban, while Turkey called it ‘neither Islamic nor humane’.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have strongly condemned the Taliban’s nationwide ban on women attending private and public universities.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday that the ban was “neither Islamic nor humane”.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his Yemeni counterpart, Cavusoglu urged the Taliban to reverse the decision.

The Saudi foreign ministry expressed “astonishment and regret” at Afghan women being denied a university education.

In a statement late on Wednesday, the ministry said the decision was “astonishing in all Islamic countries”.

They became the latest Muslim-majority countries to do so after Qatar, which has served as a mediator between the United States and the Taliban, criticised the decision.

There has also been domestic opposition to the ban, with a dozen women staging a protest in the streets of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on Thursday, chanting for freedom and equality.