Taliban Warns United States of Consequences for Destabilizing their Regime
October 10, 2021
During the first face-to-face talks between the two sides since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban warned the US of the negative consequences of “establishing” their regime, as a deadly sectarian bombing called the group’s hold on power into question.As mourners in northern Afghanistan buried their loved ones in the aftermath of a 62-person mosque attack, a Taliban delegation told US officials in Doha that any weakening of their government could lead to problems for the people.Hundreds more worshipers were injured in Friday’s bombing in Kunduz, which was claimed by Daesh, which appears to be attempting to shake Afghanistan further after the Taliban’s takeover.
“We clearly told them that trying to destabilize the government in Afghanistan is bad for no one,” Taliban foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi told Afghan state news agency Bakhtar after the talks in Doha.
“Everyone benefits from good relations with Afghanistan. Nothing should be done to weaken Afghanistan’s current government, which could cause problems for the people “In a recorded statement translated by AFP, he said. The Taliban are seeking international recognition as well as assistance in order to avert a humanitarian disaster and alleviate Afghanistan’s economic crisis.
According to a State Department official, the US delegation will press the Taliban to ensure that terrorists do not establish a base in the country.The meeting would also put pressure on Afghanistan’s new rulers to form an inclusive government and respect the rights of women and girls, the official said, emphasizing that Washington did not recognize Taliban rule.
“We remain steadfast in our belief that any legitimacy must be earned through the Taliban’s own actions,” the official said.A series of deadly Daesh attacks have harmed the Taliban’s efforts to consolidate power.The Taliban security chief in Kunduz accused the mosque attackers of attempting to foment sectarian strife.”We assure our Shia brothers that we will provide security for them in the future and that such problems will not occur,” Maulwi Dost Muhammad said.The attack drew widespread international condemnation, with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calling for the perpetrators to face justice. Guterres strongly condemned this horrific attack.