Kabul – In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, the acting foreign minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi has said that the Taliban is seeking good relations with countries around the world, especially the United States, stressing that the US will slowly change its policy towards Afghanistan.
The Taliban wants good relations with all countries and has no problems with the US, Amir Khan Muttaqi stressed.
In addition, Muttaqi reiterated that US sanctions against the Taliban were ineffective and called on the US to release all assets of Afghanistan, expressing hope that over time, the US would change its policy towards Afghanistan.
In this interview, he implicitly warned that a Taliban-ruled country that stands on its own feet is in America’s interest.
“You are a great nation and you have to be patient and must have a big heart to dare to make policy on Afghanistan according to international law and end the differences. “Shorten the gap between you and choose good relations with Afghanistan.” Muttaqi addressed the US and its people.
The foreign minister indicated that the Taliban have changed, arguing that by taking power, they have made progress in administrative and political matters, adding that with each passing day, the Taliban are gaining more and more governance experience and progress.
Meanwhile, he pointed to the change in the Taliban, whose government has already imposed severe restrictions on the media and citizens.
Currently, the Taliban do not allow girls above the sixth grade to go to school, and women have no share in their government.
In the meantime, Muttaqi claimed in the interview that under the new Taliban government, girls up to the 12th grade go to school in 10 of the 34 provinces, private schools and universities operate without hindrance, and 100 per cent of women who had already worked in the health sector, returned to their duties.
“This shows that we are fundamentally committed to women’s participation,” he told the Associated Press.
On the other hand, Amir Khan Muttaqi in this interview denied the arrest and killing of Taliban opponents, saying that the Taliban did not harm anyone when the amnesty was announced. He, however, accused the previous government of retaliation, adding that there had been widespread retaliatory attacks against the Taliban since the fall of the Taliban government in 2001.
The Taliban retook control of Afghanistan on August 15 this year. Since then, most Western countries have severed ties with the Taliban and have not recognized their government. Although the Taliban have tried hard to gain the support of the international community, they have so far failed.
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