Afghanistan wants good relations with all nations: Akhundzada


Akhundzada noted that the Taliban-run administration was aware of all the problems that Afghans are facing…reports Asian Lite News

Supreme leader of the Taliban-run administration Haibatullah Akhundzada on Wednesday said that Afghanistan wants to have good relations with all countries.

“We assure our neighbours, the region and the world that we will not allow anyone to use our territory to threaten the security of other countries. We also want other countries not to interfere in our internal affairs,” Akhundzada said in a congratulatory message on the eve of Eid al-Adha, an annual Muslim festival.

The Taliban leader noted that “within the framework of mutual interaction and commitment, we want good, diplomatic, economic and political relations with the world, including the United States, and we consider this in the interest of all sides.”

The country will celebrate Eid al-Adha on or around July 9, depending upon moon sightings.

Following the US military defeat and pullout from Afghanistan last August, Washington has imposed sanctions on the Taliban-run administration and frozen more than 9 billion US dollars of Afghanistan’s central bank, which battered the economy in the war-torn country, Xinhua news agency reported.

Akhundzada noted that the Taliban-run administration was aware of all the problems that Afghans are facing.

“Strengthening the economy, rebuilding the country and removing the remaining problems is a shared responsibility of us and our nation. Let’s work together in all legitimate matters, support each other and rebuild this country into a prosperous one,” he said.

“The Islamic Emirate pays special attention to the needs of the families of the poor, orphans and the disabled and other needy people in the country,” he said.

Akhundzada also called on Afghans to get united and rebuild the country including its economy with goodwill, brotherhood and unity.

Meanwhile, US special envoy has said there is no reason that girls should not be in school in Afghanistan as she blamed the Taliban’s “policies against the Afghan population” for the continuing sanctions on the country.

“It is the most repressive regime in the world. It is a situation which Afghan women are describing as gender apartheid. It is the worst situation in the world,” Rina Amiri told BBC’s Yalda Hakim in an interview.

“There is no Muslim majority country in the world that supports the actions of Taliban,” she added. Amiri said that the “Taliban rendered Afghan women invisible.”

Afghan female activists believe that country led by Taliban will not be recognized if it does not provide women with their rights, TOLOnews reported.

“If the Taliban maintains the treatment of women like this–not providing the right to education for girls and the right to work for women, I am sure they will never be recognized by the international community,” said Darya Nishat, a women’s rights activist.

“The sanctions will continue on the Taliban no matter what, but the Afghans are mostly suffering from its economic effects,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.

The Human Rights Council last week held an urgent debate on the human rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.

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