Thursday, August 18, 2022

Taliban: Afghan territory not to be used against others

The Taliban says they will not allow anyone to use Afghanistan soil to launch attacks against other countries. This was announced by the Taliban acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Wednesday.

The Taliban movement remains committed to its pledge not to take aggressive action against other countries, he stated.

“We have practically proven with our actions that the soil of Afghanistan will not be used against anyone, and since the day we made our commitment in the Doha agreement, we have remained committed to that clause,” he noted speaking through an interpreter.

The Taliban movement launched a massive operation for establishing control of Afghanistan after the United States last spring declared its troop pullout. On August 15, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani left the country. The radicals entered Kabul without encountering any resistance. On September 6 the movement declared it had established control of the whole of the country’s territory and the next day, on September 7 it announced the composition of an interim government, whose legitimacy has not been recognized by any country yet.

In February 2020, US officials and the Taliban signed a peace agreement in Doha. The Taliban pledged they would not use the territory of Afghanistan for actions posing a threat to the security of the United States or its allies.

The Taliban movement does not need military aid from abroad, but assistance in restoring the country is required, Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan’s interim government Abdul Salam Hanafi told journalists on the sidelines of the third session of the Moscow consultations on Wednesday.

“We do not need military assistance. We need support for peace in Afghanistan, in the restoration of Afghanistan,” he continued.

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