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Taliban invites India for oath-taking ceremony on September 11

The Taliban govt is likely to take oath of office on September 11, a day which also marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the US in 2001

Thursday September 9, 2021 5:55 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Taliban Oath Taking

Kabul: The interim government of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan (IEA) is likely to take oath of office on September 11, a day which also marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the US in 2001.

As per reports, the newly-formed Taliban government has rolled out invitations to various countries to be part of the oath-taking ceremony, including China, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Qatar, India, Saudi Arabia, UAE and interestingly the United States.

Taliban announced Tuesday 33 names of their interim government officials, emphasising that the formation in Afghanistan will be under a caretaker setup.

"Time for peace and reconstruction"

The Taliban are seeking international recognition and have called on the countries to reopen their embassies in the war-torn nation.

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"We recognise that peace and stability are must for investments. We want good relations with all the neighbours, including China," said Zabiullah Mujahid, spokesperson for the Taliban.

"The war has ended, the country is getting out of the crisis. It is now the time for peace and reconstruction. We need people to support us. Afghanistan has the right to be recognised. The international community should open their embassies in Kabul," he added.

 

However, the international community is still not ready to recognise the announced interim government of the Taliban and has raised questions over non-inclusivity of various other ethnic groups.

The international community is also not happy with the representation of various old guards of the Taliban in the new setup, who carry bounty on their heads and are listed as what is called "proscribed terrorists" by the Untied Nations and other global platforms.

"Taliban flags US objection over new Afghan cabinet"

The US, meanwhile, has said that it is assessing the announcement of an interim government in Afghanistan and is concerned about some individuals for their affiliations and track records.

"We note the list of names consists exclusively of individuals who are members of the Taliban or their close associates and no women," stated the US State Department spokesperson.

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On the other hand, the Taliban have lashed out at the international criticism against the members of their interim setup, especially the US, who they say are violating the Doha peace agreement by not recognising the interim Taliban government.

"Pentagon officials have remarked that some cabinet members of the Islamic Emirate or family members of late Haqqani Sahib" are "on the US blacklists and still targets", "the Islamic Emirate considers this position a clear violation of the Doha Agreement", Zabihullah Mujahid said.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Wenbin welcomed the cabinet announced by the Taliban saying that it has ended “more than three weeks of anarchy” in Afghanistan and it is “a necessary step to restore order and rebuild the country,” AFP reported.


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