The Taliban on Tuesday said that it wants to maintain a diplomatic relationship with the United States after the last western soldiers flew out of Kabul to mark the end of the 20-year war, Bloomberg reports.
“The Islamic Emirate wants a good and diplomatic relationship with the Americans,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed told reporters.
The Taliban was seen taking over Hamid Karzai International Airport, the last location in Kabul still under American control, after the final military flight out.
But the group now faces many challenges as it seeks to govern the country under harsh Islamic law.
“A number of decisions were taken regarding the protection of public treasury goods and infrastructure and good treatment of the people and providing facilities to them,” Mujahed told reporters. “Consultations were held on the formation of a new Islamic government and cabinet in the country.”
What happens now?
There have already been reports of Taliban fighters kidnapping people from their homes and killing them but the group claims to be more moderate and says it will allow women to work and attend school under Shariah Law. The group has also promised amnesty to American allies in Afghanistan.
But some government employees say they are in hiding after Taliban fighters killed colleagues.
Most Afghans are more concerned about the economy, which has been one of the poorest in the world for decades.
“Since the Taliban came, the security looks good so far but the biggest worry and problem for people is the economy and lack of jobs and the markets prices have also increased,” one retailer told Bloomberg. “What did the U.S. or its installed government do to Afghanistan? Tell me a good thing about them. Nothing. It was a corrupt government -- all its rulers and leaders were made corrupt by the U.S.’s money.”
China could provide a lifeline to the country as other nations seek to distance themselves.
“China hopes that the international community should enhance collaboration and provide Afghanistan with necessary economic, livelihood and humanitarian assistance to help the country achieve peace and reconstruction,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin said Tuesday.
US moving embassy to Qatar:
President Joe Biden, who is expected to address the nation on Tuesday, has said the Taliban “made commitments on safe passage and the world will hold them to their commitments.”
Qatar and Turkey are expected to take control of the Kabul airport and continue to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies who have been cleared to enter other countries.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday that the US will move its Afghan diplomats to Doha, Qatar.
He said that the US would continue to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan but any engagement with the Taliban “would be motivated solely by US national interests.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said “we have an enormous amount of leverage, including access to the global marketplace.”