Sunday, December 5

Taliban Say They Want ‘Good Relations’ With West, Seek Afghans Who Aided Foreign Powers

The Taliban said they want “good relations” with the rest of the world and will not allow Afghanistan to be a base for attacks.

Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Thursday: “We want good relations, we want a good economy, we want good trade, we want good diplomacy, but in return we want our values ​​to be respected.”

He also said that the militant group will not tolerate any threat to its “principles” and “independence” and that if someone “threatens the independence of our country or attacks us, we will certainly react.”

The comments came as a confidential United Nations document that warned that the Taliban are stepping up their search for people who worked with US and NATO forces and have established “priority lists” of people they want to arrest.

“They are targeting the families of those who refuse to surrender, and they are prosecuting and punishing their families ‘in accordance with Sharia law,'” said Christian Nellemann, executive director of the Norwegian Center for Global Analysis, which compiled the report for the UN. he told AFP.

“We hope that both people who previously worked with NATO / US forces and their allies, along with their families, will be exposed to torture and executions,” he added.

‘A common approach’

This is in stark contrast to the statements the group made earlier this week, such as a “general amnesty” for people who worked with the government and international organizations.

NATO Foreign Ministers are scheduled to meet Friday afternoon to discuss developments in Afghanistan, coordinate efforts to evacuate foreign nationals and Afghans who worked with foreign powers, and “plan NATO’s way forward. to participate in Afghanistan, “the US State Department. said in a statement following a call between Secretary Anthony Blinken and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg.

The leaders of the G7 countries will meet next week to “discuss a common approach,” the White House said.

The foreign ministers of the group of industrialized countries already met on Thursday and said they agreed that “the international community’s relationship with the Taliban will depend on their actions, not their words.” according to a reading from the US Department of State.

Thousands of people have tried to flee Afghanistan since the Taliban captured Kabul on Sunday, fearing the group will re-impose brutal rule on the country. The group has already violently suppressed several demonstrations, including the one on Thursday, when some Afghans carried long black, red and green banners in honor of the Afghan flag, banned by the Taliban and becoming a symbol of defiance, to mark the Day of the Independence of the country from British rule.

‘We cannot abandon them’

The Taliban have also established checkpoints around Kabul airport, currently under US military control, and from where foreign evacuations are taking place. Foreign nationals and Afghans eligible for foreign evacuations have reported being victims of violence.

Access is hampered by hundreds of Afghans, ineligible for foreign evacuations, who crowd the area in hopes of securing a spot on a flight.

The UK has announced that it will host up to 20,000 Afghan refugees in the coming years, in addition to those eligible for relocation to the UK due to their previous work for the British embassy or army.

Meanwhile, France and Germany have asked the EU to plan to cope with the expected increase in migration from Afghanistan.

During a phone call on Thursday.

“We cannot abandon them,” he added.

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