Turkmenistan recognises Taliban-appointed Afghan envoy

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The inauguration ceremony of the new Taliban-led Afghan ambassador Fazil-Mohammad Saber took place in Ashgabat last Thursday….reports Asian Lite News

Turkmenistan becomes the first country in Central Asia to accept a Taliban-appointed Afghanistan ambassador, since the Taliban regime took over Kabul in August 2021.

Taking to Twitter, Farangis Najibullah, a Tajik-American journalist for Radio Free Europe, wrote, “Turkmenistan becomes 1st country in Central Asia to accept Taliban-appointed Afghanistan ambassador.”

The inauguration ceremony of the new Taliban-led Afghan ambassador Fazil-Mohammad Saber took place in Ashgabat last Thursday, Fergana news agency quoted. Turkmenistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vepa Hajiyev attended the ceremony to mark the inauguration of the new ambassador.

Following the Taliban takeover in August last year, thousands of Afghans left the country fearing reprisal from the Islamic group.

The situation of human rights in Afghanistan has worsened since the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban’s return to power in August last year.

Although the fighting in the country has ended, serious human rights violations continue unabated. The Taliban have committed and continue to commit human rights violations including extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, torture, arbitrary detentions, a massive rollback of the rights of women and girls, censorship of and attacks against the media.

Moreover, people in Afghanistan are also facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis which is being driven by decisions and positions taken by the international community, especially the US, that have blocked Afghanistan from aid funding and access to the global financial system.

National flag removed

The removal of Afghanistans national flag colours from the logo of National Radio Television (NRT) has sparked strong public reaction, Pajhwok News reported.

In line with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) leadership direction, the national flag colours had been removed from NRT logo and replaced with white colours that represent the IEA flag’s colour.

The IEA leadership also objected to Arabic style clothing of some newscasters and urged the use of Afghani style outfits.

After the IEA letter, the national flag’s three brand colours were removed from the NRT logo and replaced with white colour, sparking public outrage and anger.

Former NRT Director Mohammad Ismael Miakhel said, “Taliban converted Afghanistan into the cemetery of values and customs, today they removed the national flag from NRT logo and tomorrow they will remove it from the Cricket Board. Taliban damages themselves by doing so,” the report said.

Former Nangarhar Governor, Zia Ul Haq Amarkhel, wrote on his Facebook page, “The government should select priorities and refrain from action that causes a gap between government and masses and harms national unity. In fact, the national flag doesn’t belong to any specific party but it represents the entire Afghan nation and all are bound to respect and protect it.”

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