The Taliban warned america to not “destabilise” the regime throughout their first face-to-face talks for the reason that US withdrawal, its international minister Amir Khan Muttaqi mentioned on Saturday.
Mr Muttaqi’s feedback come because the Taliban try and re-establish their rule in Afghanistan, 20 years after the hardline Islamists have been pushed out by the US-led invasion.
“We clearly instructed them that making an attempt to destabilise the federal government in Afghanistan is nice for nobody,” Mr Muttaqi instructed the Afghan state information company Bakhtar after talks in Qatar capital Doha.
“Good relations with Afghanistan are good for everybody. Nothing ought to be executed to weaken the prevailing authorities in Afghanistan which may result in issues for the folks,” he mentioned in a recorded assertion translated by AFP.
Mr Muttaqi’s remarks got here on the primary of two days of talks with a US staff led by the State Division’s Deputy Particular Consultant Tom West and high USAID humanitarian official Sarah Charles.
He mentioned the US would additionally assist vaccinate Afghans towards Covid-19.
No instant touch upon the talks was accessible from the US facet.
“The delegation from US determined that they may cooperate with us in vaccination and can present human cooperation,” Mr Muttaqi mentioned.
He added: “It’s being promised that states can have good relations with each other and have persistence whereas Afghanistan is passing by means of a really robust time, so Afghanistan will come out of this situation with extra power.”
The hardline Taliban regained energy in August as america ended its two-decade presence with a withdrawal that included a chaotic airlift of international residents and Afghans.
Their efforts to consolidate their rule have been undermined by a collection of assaults by the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-Ok), who claimed a bombing of a Shiite mosque that left greater than 60 folks useless on Friday.
Afghanistan’s economic system can also be teetering on the point of collapse, with worldwide help reduce off, meals costs rising and unemployment spiking.
Mr Muttaqi mentioned the Taliban wished to carry conferences with different international locations in addition to the US to debate Afghanistan’s difficulties.
“We are attempting to have such conferences and gatherings with the US and different international locations of the world and to debate the present scenario in Afghanistan, pay attention to 1 one other’s opinions,” Mr Muttaqi mentioned.
“The problems that individuals of Afghanistan are dealing with when it comes to economic system or another points ought to be resolved. The present authorities of Afghanistan is dedicated to having good relations with different states and cooperate with others, to facilitate its folks and supply them providers.
“That is what we would like and we are attempting to debate these areas with different international locations.”
Earlier than the talks, a US State Division official mentioned its priorities have been securing protected passage for US and different residents who wish to go away Afghanistan, and ensuring the Taliban doesn’t permit “terrorists” to function on Afghan soil.
“This assembly will not be about granting recognition or conferring legitimacy. We stay clear that any legitimacy have to be earned by means of the Taliban’s personal actions,” the official mentioned.
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