KABUL: The Taliban’s overseas minister stated on Monday he held talks in Iran on the weekend with Ahmad Massoud, son of the late legendary Afghan resistance chief Ahmad Shah Massoud, and assured his safety if he returned dwelling. Massoud’s Panjshir Valley forces supplied the final resistance in September to the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, weeks after authorities troops capitulated.
In a video posted on Monday by state media on Twitter, Overseas Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi stated he additionally met Ismail Khan, a Herat province warlord who surrendered to the Taliban and left the nation. The Taliban had introduced Muttaqi’s departure to Tehran for talks with Iranian officers however made no point out of any plans to satisfy exiled leaders.
“We met commander Ismail Khan and Ahmad Massoud, and different Afghans in Iran, and guaranteed them that anybody can come to Afghanistan and stay with none issues,” Muttaqi stated within the video.
“It’s dwelling to all, and we don’t create insecurity or different issues for anybody. Everybody can come freely and stay.”
The Panjshir Valley is famed for being the location of resistance to Soviet forces within the Eighties and the Taliban within the late Nineteen Nineties, throughout their first stint in energy.
Its most revered determine is Ahmad Shah Massoud, generally known as the “Lion of Panjshir”, who was assassinated in 2001 by al Qaeda two days earlier than the 9/11 assaults.
His son has since picked up the mantle, and there have been studies of him organising a resistance with different exiled Afghan leaders.
The Massoud-led Nationwide Resistance Entrance has repeatedly denounced the Taliban — calling it an “illegitimate authorities” — however doesn’t seem to have made any bodily assaults.
Afghanistan’s former president Ashraf Ghani fled the nation with many prime officers because the Taliban closed in on Kabul, however a number of different distinguished leaders remained — together with ex-head of state Hamid Karzai.
The Taliban promised a common amnesty to all opponents and critics after taking up, however rights organisations say at the least 100 individuals related to the previous regime have been killed since then.