Taliban interim government cancels 9/11 inauguration ceremony

Russia said the interim Taliban government had canceled plans to take office on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

“There will simply be no inauguration ceremony,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on September 10. “I think it’s a matter that the Taliban haven’t decided what they should do first.”

The information was released by the Russian Foreign Minister after the Taliban held an international press conference in Kabul on September 7, announcing the members of the interim government, in which Mohammad Hassan Akhund was appointed to lead the government.

Russia is believed to be one of the countries invited by the Taliban to the inauguration ceremony, which is scheduled to take place on September 11, the time when the US celebrates the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack carried out by al-Qaeda. Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of the Russian news agency RT, wrote on Twitter that “Taliban is not only good at creating memes, but also good at pranks”.

Interim Taliban Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund.  Photo: AFP.

Interim Taliban Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund. Photo: AFP.

However, Lavrov insisted that Russian officials never intended to send a high-level delegation to Kabul to attend the unveiling of the new Taliban cabinet.

“The Taliban announced the inauguration, then changed plans,” Lavrov said. “To be honest, we never planned to send a leadership delegation from Moscow to the inauguration. From the very beginning we thought that the Russian ambassador in Kabul was qualified to represent Russia.” .

Taliban officials are said to have skipped the inauguration of the interim government to focus on running the country.

“The inauguration of the new Afghan government was canceled a few days ago,” Taliban culture committee member Inamullah Samangani tweeted. “In order for the people not to be disturbed further, the leadership of the Emirate has announced a part of the cabinet, and the interim government has begun to function.”

It is reported that Russia urged the Taliban not to hold an inauguration ceremony on September 11, but this has not been confirmed. Foreign Minister Lavrov said the Taliban “changed their plans daily”.

Huyen Le (Follow Washington Examiner)

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