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Taliban warn against isolating Afghanistan

Group’s UN nominee tells envoys of foreign countries that Taliban are ready to engage to resolve issues through talks

Riyaz ul Khaliq   | 08.10.2021
Taliban warn against isolating Afghanistan A view of the city after Afghan national flags removed from squares and streets and replaced with Taliban flags at the Sargardan Square in Khost, Afghanistan on September 29, 2021. After the development of Taliban government in Afghanistan, flag sellers in Sargardan Square in Khost City no longer sell Afghan national flags, they started to sell Taliban flags to customers now a days. ( Sardar Shafaq - Anadolu Agency )

ANKARA 

The Taliban warned Thursday against isolating Afghanistan, saying the policy has failed in the past and “no one” wants that to repeat. 

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) “is a reality, and we are ready to engage with the international community and resolve issues through talks and understanding based on mutual interests and positive interaction,” said Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban’s UN nominee, in a meeting with ambassadors of several countries in Qatar’s capital Doha.

The Taliban call its country the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan – the name under which it ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001 before the US invaded the country. The group regained control of the war-torn country in August this year after foreign forces exited after 20 years.

“Isolation of Afghanistan in the past proved to be a failed policy which didn’t serve any one. No one wants that,” said Shaheen.

A Twitter statement by Shaheen said the meeting, arranged by the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, was held with the ambassadors of the European Union, Canada, the UK, the US, Norway, Japan and South Korea.

Shaheen claimed the envoys reiterated their commitment to continue to provide Afghanistan with humanitarian aid.

He told the ambassadors that the incomplete reconstruction projects “should start in Afghanistan.”

In view of the coming winter, Shaheen said “there is dire need for humanitarian aid in the country.”

The UN has warned of a looming “humanitarian catastrophe” as the country remains in dire need of foreign funding to meet basic needs after foreign forces exited the country in August.

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