The foreign minister of the new Taliban-led Afghan government, formally known as the Islamic Emirate, said Monday that Afghanistan wants to have good relations with countries around the world.
“Afghanistan has sent the message of positive relationship with the whole world. We do not want to interfere in any country’s internal affairs, and we expect the same from other countries to not interfere in our internal affairs,” Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said at an event in Doha.
Muttaqi said Afghanistan’s geographic location means the country could serve as an important economic crossroads in the region. “The Islamic Emirate is determined to fully utilize the capacity of Afghanistan being a crossroad and be part of an economic revolution,” he said.
The foreign minister also discussed the final weeks of the US presence in Afghanistan and said former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s sudden departure from the country is why the Taliban entered Kabul. “We wanted to enter Kabul through negotiations, but the fact the ex-president and the security organs fled, Kabul faced the gap of power, there was a vacuum, so we were asked to enter Kabul and ensure the security of the city,” he said.
Muttaqu and other Taliban officials were in Doha for two days of talks with the US that were held on Saturday and Sunday. Washington made it clear that the meetings were not linked to potential US recognition of the Taliban-led government, and the talks were focused on humanitarian aid and safe passage for US citizens and allies.