Leader: Taliban Bound to Settlement of Crisis in Afghanistan through Political Means
TEHRAN (FNA)- Leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan Hibatullah Akhundzadah in a message said that the group is committed to resolution of the crisis in the country through talks and political means.
The leader of the Taliban, in a message on the occasion of Eid al-Adha on Sunday, said that the group is a strong supporter of resolving the Afghanistan crisis through dialogue but the other side is wasting the opportunities for peace.
He added that withdrawal of the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan and the capture of the towns were a victory for the group.
"We have opened a political office for good progress in the negotiations and the political process, and we are committed to resolving issues through dialogue but the other side is wasting the opportunity. We do not want enmity with anyone. We accept legitimate demands," Akhundzadah said.
He added that after the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan, the group wants good diplomatic, economic and political relations with the whole world, including the US, on the basis of mutual interaction.
Akhundzadah underlined that the Taliban assures its neighbors, the region and the world that Afghanistan will not allow anyone to use its territory to threaten the security of other countries, adding that the group is committed to civil rights and will continue to provide a suitable educational environment for women under Islamic law.
He also said that the Taliban group is committed to freedom of expression and journalists in accordance with Islamic law and national interests, taking into account these two important points and observing the principles of journalism.
Akhundzadeh said that scholars, professors, doctors and other educated people, as well as businessmen and investors, can be assured that they will not be harmed because Afghanistan needs their talent.
The Taliban fighters have capitalised on the last stages of the withdrawal of US and other foreign troops from Afghanistan to launch a series of lightning offensives across large swathes of the country.
The group is now believed to control roughly half of the nation’s 400 districts, several important border crossings, and have laid siege to a string of vital provincial capitals.
The Taliban have long appeared to be united, operating under an effective chain of command, and carrying out complex military campaigns despite perennial rumours of splits among the organisation’s leadership.
Questions remain over how firm of a hand the Taliban’s leaders have with commanders on the ground and whether they will be able to convince them to abide by a potential agreement if signed.
The leader’s statement notably made no mention of a formal ceasefire call for the Eid holidays.
Over the years, the Taliban have announced a series of short truces during religious holidays that initially spurred hopes that a larger reduction of violence would be implemented in the country.
The US-led military coalition has been on the ground in Afghanistan for nearly 20 years following an invasion launched in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.