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Taliban say 'drowned in our problems', won't interfere in others' affairs

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Afghanistan's Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund is in a meeting in Kabul, on September 11, 2021. (Photo via AFP)

The Taliban say their government will "not interfere" in other countries' internal affairs, calling on international organizations to resume providing Afghanistan with much-needed aid.

The Taliban’s prime minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund admitted to the challenges that the new rulers are grappling with, as most of the international organizations stopped their assistance to Afghanistan after the Taliban returned to power in August.

The United States also seized nearly $9.5 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank. The Taliban have repeatedly called for the release of the assets, but Washington rebuffed the call, saying the new government in Kabul must “earn” international legitimacy first.

“We are drowned in our problems and we are trying to get the strength to bring our people out of miseries and hardships with God's help,” the prime minister said in a televised speech on Saturday.

"We ask all the international charity organizations to not withhold their aid and to help our exhausted nation... so that the problems of the people could be solved," he added.

He also assured that “all the countries that we will not interfere in their internal affairs and we want to have good economic relations with them.”

The Taliban’s return to power came as the US was in the middle of a chaotic troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. The group announced the formation of a caretaker government on September 7, but their efforts to stabilize the situation have so far been undermined by international sanctions, as banks are running out of cash and civil servants are going unpaid.

The United Nations says Afghanistan is facing “one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.”

Hassan’s remarks came as the United States and the Taliban are set to meet next week in the Qatari capital, Doha.

The talks will mostly focus on the fight against Daesh and al-Qaeda as well as delivering humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

The US says any financial and diplomatic support to the Taliban is based on certain conditions, such as installing an inclusive government and respecting the rights of minorities and women.


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