“Let’s form an inclusive government”


The Taliban terrorist group held its first press conference after hijacking Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and is working to form an “inclusive government” with the aim of maintaining peaceful relations with other countries. Stated.

Taliban spokesman Zabifra Mujahid said at a press conference at the Kabul Media Center on Tuesday: “No doubt we are at a historic turning point where the political system fits and forms an inclusive government. I want to. “

“At this point, there is debate that a comprehensive government should be formed and that all political parties and Afghans should participate in it,” Mujahid said, saying a new government would be announced shortly.

The inclusive government is one of the requirements that the United States and the international community have required official approval of the future Afghan government, US State Department spokesman Ned Price claimed on Monday.

“The fact is the future Afghan government, which does not contain terrorists, upholds the basic rights of the people, and protects the basic rights of the people, including the basic rights of half the population, women and girls. It ’s a government we can work with, ”Price said. briefing..

I also emphasized the price statement Issued by the United Nations Security Council on Monday, it called for a new government that is “united, comprehensive and representative, including the full, equal and meaningful participation of women.”

Taliban fighters are guarding in front of Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2021. (Rahmat Gul / AP photo)

Without official approval, the future Afghan government could lose hundreds of millions of dollars a year in financial support from the international community, and worse, sanctions that Iran and North Korea are struggling with. You may face it.

For example, an international donor under the framework of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Pledged about $ 12 billion Private grants from 2021 to 24 at the Geneva Conference in November 2020.

In 2019, US agencies spent a total of $ 4.9 billion on Afghanistan, most of which funded national security forces. In recent years, about $ 800 million has been devoted to private assistance annually.

Germany announced on Tuesday that it would suspend the planned $ 300 million in development assistance to Afghanistan this year. hill report.

Promised US surveillance

At a press conference in Kabul, Mujahid said the war was over. “We don’t want Afghanistan to be a battlefield anymore. The war ended here from today,” he said.

“We forgive everyone who has become a master against jihad, and this special forgiveness is because we do not want war again, and we repeat the war and leave the elements of war.

“Therefore, the Islamic Emirate is not hostile to anyone. The hostility to the parties to the conflict is over and we do not want to live hostile.”

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An Afghan family in a temporary camp in Kabul on August 12, 2021. (Pola Bronstein / Getty Images)

The Taliban declared amnesty early on Tuesday.

“We guarantee the safety of all who have worked with the United States and the Allies, whether as interpreters or in other areas of cooperation with them,” a spokesman added.

He also said that families trying to flee the country at the airport should go home and nothing would happen to them.

Private media could remain free and independent in Afghanistan, and the Taliban committed to the media within their cultural framework, a spokesman said.

He reassured women’s rights at a press conference.

“Because women are an important part of society, they are given all rights, whether at work or in other activities. And we are all within Islam, all of them. I guarantee the rights. “

He also ensured that no group was allowed to launch an attack on any country using the territory of Afghanistan.

At a press conference on Monday, Price said the State Department would closely monitor the Taliban’s actions.

“We monitor behavior. That’s important to us.”

Afghanistan’s First Vice President Amurula Surrey Said on twitter He was a “legal interim president” after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Tuesday. He is still in Afghanistan.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Li Hai

Li Hai is a New York-based reporter for The Epoch Times.