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Afghanistan: Taliban continue consultations on government formation


AA / Istanbul

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Tuesday that movement officials discussed issues related to the formation of the government in Afghanistan.

In a series of tweets posted to his account, Mujahid shared information about the three-day consultative meeting held by the movement in Kandahar City.

“During the meeting, which started on Saturday and ended on Monday, the country’s political, security and social issues were discussed in detail,” Mujahid said.

The movement’s spokesman added that the said meeting, chaired by the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, addressed issues such as “the formation of an Islamic government”, “the need to establish good relations with the people ”and“ the protection of funds and institutions ”.

In mid-August, the representative of the Taliban political office in Qatar, Suhail Shaheen, announced that the movement intends to form an “Islamic government” also including members outside the movement.

Since May, the Taliban have started to expand their control over Afghanistan, in parallel with the beginning of the final phase of the withdrawal of US forces.

In recent weeks, the Taliban have conquered most of the country, and on August 15, insurgents entered the capital, Kabul, and took control of the presidential palace, while President Ashraf Ghani left the country for them. United Arab Emirates.

The movement took full control on Tuesday of the “Hamid Karzai International Airport” in the capital Kabul, after the last American soldiers withdrew from it on August 31, the deadline granted to Washington for a total withdrawal from the airport. ‘Afghanistan.

The Taliban’s reconquest of Afghanistan comes despite billions of dollars spent by the United States and NATO over the past 20 years to build the Afghan armed and security forces.

* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail

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