Flights to evacuate foreigners stranded in Afghanistan will take off from Kabul on September 9. In the photo: Taliban soldiers ensure security for a domestic flight at Hamid Karzai airport on September 5 – Photo: REUTERS
According to Reuters news agency, these are the first international flights departing from Hamid Karzai airport after August 31, when the US and its allies ended their evacuation from Afghanistan.
A Reuters source revealed that the US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad had pressured the Taliban government to compromise, allowing foreigners to leave.
The move by the Taliban government comes just two days after the group announced the leaders of the interim Afghan government. There has been mixed reaction to this administration, as it includes people who are listed as terrorists and punished by some countries.
On September 8 (local time), interim Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund spoke to international media for the first time after being appointed. Akhund served as foreign minister when the Taliban first came to power in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Akhund pledged his government would ensure the security of diplomats, embassies and humanitarian organizations.
The interim prime minister appointed by the Taliban also stressed that the Taliban want to establish positive and strong relationships with countries in the region and beyond.
“The period of bloodshed, killing and contempt for the people in Afghanistan is over. We have paid a heavy price for this,” Akhund said.
The interim prime minister appointed by the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund – Photo: AFP
Akhund also reiterated the Taliban’s promise of amnesty to anyone who worked with the US and its US-backed government after the 2001 attacks.
“We have discipline and control over our gunmen. We have not harmed anyone because of their actions in the past,” Mr. Akhund confirmed to Al Jazeera.
Of the 33 interim leaders announced on September 7, 14 are former Taliban officials from 1996-2001, five have been locked in the US Guantanamo prison and 12 are officials of the US military. second generation of the Taliban.
The Taliban’s supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhunzada, spoke out after the interim government was announced. This is the first time he has issued a statement after the Taliban entered Kabul on August 15.
In the statement, the Taliban’s supreme leader pledged that the Taliban-led government would abide by all international laws, treaties and commitments that do not conflict with Islamic law.
He also messaged the people of Afghanistan that the interim government would ensure “permanent peace, prosperity and development” for the people, urging them not to leave the country at this time.