Taliban delegation with Russian special envoy Zamir Kabulov
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Shahabuddin Dilawar, the head of the Taliban delegation, who arrived in Moscow soon after the Taliban claimed control of 85 percent of Afghanistan, told reporters that we have about 75,000 fighters who are not under the control of 300,000 Afghan soldiers. Biden denied the Taliban’s influence in Afghanistan, saying he trusted Afghan security forces.
To this, Dilawar said, we can control the country in two weeks, it is better that foreign forces take advantage of the opportunity to leave Afghanistan peacefully. Meanwhile, the Taliban have also captured the border area in western Afghanistan with Iran and China. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that we have captured the border town of Islam Kala on the Iranian border and the Torghundi crossing in Turkmenistan.
Taliban on Iran-Afghanistan route
Jilani Farhad, the governor’s spokesman in Herat province, said officials were preparing to deploy new troops to recapture the port of Islam Kala. It is the largest trade route between Iran-Afghanistan. Meanwhile, a delegation of Taliban officials in Moscow claimed they had captured some 250 of Afghanistan’s 400 districts.
Taliban sees China as a friend
With the Taliban occupying Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province, the border of its controlled areas has reached the border of China’s Xinjiang province. According to the report of the American newspaper Wall National Journal, the Taliban have had good relations with Al Qaeda and China’s Uighur insurgent groups in the past. China is worried about this. But now the Taliban is trying to pacify China’s concerns and seek recognition from the Chinese government. According to the South China Morning Post, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has said that the Taliban sees China as a friend of Afghanistan and looks forward to talks with them.
Afghan government seeks help from India, Russia and China against terror
After the Taliban claimed control of 85 percent of Afghanistan, the Afghan government has sought support from other countries, including the armies of India, Russia and China. Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib has said that Afghanistan welcomes any technical or counter-terrorist operation support from other countries, including the armies of India, Russia and China. Without naming Pakistan, Mohib also said that no foreign country should interfere in the internal affairs of the Afghan government.
Regional support is vital for lasting peace
The US has said that regional consensus and support for the Afghan-led and owned government is vital for lasting peace. It emphasized that Afghanistan’s neighbors and regional countries have a real responsibility for the future of Afghanistan. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s remarks came hours after a phone conversation with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
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