Taliban Supreme Leader Hebatullah Akhundzada said Wednesday that Afghan soil would not be allowed to be used to carry out attacks against other countries.
His comments came amid growing concerns in India and several other countries in the region about the possibility of an upsurge in terrorist activities by terrorist groups based in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in Kabul l ‘last year.
In a message ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, Akhundzada also said Kabul wants good relations with the international community, but at the same time asked it not to interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.
“We assure our neighbours, the region and the world that we will not allow anyone to use our territory to threaten the security of other countries. We also want other countries not to interfere in our internal affairs,” Akhundzada said.
“As part of mutual interaction and engagement, we want good diplomatic, economic and political relations with the world, including the United States, and we consider this to be in the interest of all parties,” did he declare.
Last month, Afghan Ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay said there had been a significant increase in terrorist activity across Afghanistan since the Taliban came to power.
Mamundzay, appointed by the previous Ashraf Ghani government, also said the Taliban had “symbiotic relations” with various terrorist groups.
The envoy said 21 terrorist groups operate in Afghanistan and the current economic crisis provides “perfect” ground for terrorist groups to recruit people.
In his post, Akhundzada also talked about education.
“The Islamic Emirate pays attention to education, with special emphasis on religious and modern studies for children, the Islamic Emirate understands its importance and will work hard for its improvement,” he said.
Last month, India re-established its diplomatic presence in Kabul by deploying a “technical team” to its embassy in the Afghan capital.
India withdrew its officials from the embassy after the Taliban seized power last August over concerns about their safety.
The reopening of the embassy came weeks after an Indian team led by JP Singh, the Foreign Ministry’s focal point for Afghanistan, visited Kabul and met with the Foreign Minister by acting Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi and other members of the Taliban dispensation.
During the meeting, the Taliban side had assured the Indian team that adequate security would be provided if India sent its officials to the embassy in Kabul.
India has not recognized the new regime in Afghanistan and has advocated for the formation of a truly inclusive government in Kabul besides insisting that Afghan soil should not be used for terrorist activities against n any country.
India also expressed concern over the erosion of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.
Concerned about the developments in Afghanistan, India organized a regional dialogue on the situation in the country last November, which was attended by NSAs from Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and other countries. ‘Uzbekistan.
Participating countries pledged to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a haven for global terrorism and called for the formation of an “open and truly inclusive” government in Kabul with representatives from all sections of the community. Afghan society.
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