Despite Being in Strong Military Position, Stance Towards Peace Not Changed: Taliban

File Pic: Afghan Taliban in Doha, Qatar

DOHA: Afghan Taliban have reaffirmed their position towards peace in their country, and their preference to resolve the issue through dialogues.

Dr M Naeem, spokesperson for the Taliban’s Qatar Office, said in a series of tweets that the Taliban reiterated their commitment towards peace and dialogues during their online meeting held with representatives of European countries, USA, UNAMA and Qatar. The meeting was hosted by the Italian Special Representative Gianfranco Petrozella, and included representatives from Germany, Britain, France, Norway, European Union, UNAMA, Qatar and NATO.

Dr M Naeem said that the Taliban’s side was led by Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi, Deputy Chief of Political Office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. He said during the online meeting, Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi spoke in detail about the current situation in Afghanistan, the peace process and related issues. During the course of conversation, he said “Although the Islamic Emirate is now in a strong military position, there has been no change in its policy on peace, and prefers to resolve the issue of Afghanistan through dialogue. We have no external agenda. We do not interfere in anyone’s internal affairs and we do not allow anyone else to interfere in our internal affairs.”

Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi told the representatives of western governments and bodies that the Taliban would not allow any group or individual to use the territory of Afghanistan against the security of other countries. Afghanistan is the common home of all Afghans, and the Islamic Emirate does not want a monopoly of power, he said, adding that all Afghans must build, develop, secure and prosper their country.

He urged upon the international community to play an active role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Referring to recent military gains made by the Taliban, Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi said the successes in around 200 districts with the Islamic Emirate in the last two months was a clear demonstration of the widespread support of the Islamic Emirate by the people.

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