Taliban reject international pressure to undertake reforms in Afghanistan and ask for time

He emphasizes that the previous government did not implement them and now they are required “in a few months”


The Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Amir Jan Mutaqi, has called on the international community not to pressure the Taliban for the implementation of reforms and has requested that this process count on the “cooperation” of the rest of the countries.

Mutaqi has stressed that the previous authorities did not achieve these reforms in 20 years – since the overthrow of the Taliban regime in 2001 – “but now the international community wants them to be carried out in a few months.”

“We must not seek to materialize these demands through pressure on us. Ask for it through cooperation,” he stated that the previous government “had strong international support.” “Now they ask for all the reforms in two months,” he criticized.

In this sense, he has stated that, when the Taliban took control of the country in mid-August, schools were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and added that since then, multiple centers have been opened.

“Schools for boys and girls were closed before us due to COVID-19. When Kabul fell into our hands, all schools were closed. Schools in the provinces were closed,” he stressed, according to the television network. Afghan Tolo TV.

Thus, the Afghan Foreign Minister has said that the pandemic is being controlled “very well” by the Taliban and has reiterated the call of the new Afghan authorities in favor of good relations with the international community.

“Afghanistan sent the message for positive relations with the whole world. We do not want to interfere in the internal affairs of any country and we expect the same from other countries, that they do not interfere in our internal affairs,” he argued.

In this way, he has emphasized that “the Islamic Emirate is determined to use all the capabilities of Afghanistan as a crossroads to be part of an economic revolution,” according to the aforementioned chain.

“What we want in Afghanistan is a political structure that responds to the needs of our country while fulfilling its responsibilities at the international level,” said Mutaqi, who has stressed that the Taliban accept the existence of various groups in Afghanistan.

The Taliban, who seized power in mid-August after entering Kabul shortly after then-president Ashraf Ghani fled the country, have already announced the formation of their government, marked by the lack of women and representatives of other political groups in Afghanistan.


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