The Taliban are promising not to interfere in the affairs of other countries and are asking for help from Afghanistan

For the first time since the Taliban took power in August, an audio recording of MHAkhund’s address to the nation was released on state television ahead of a meeting between U.S. and Taliban representatives in Doha next week.

“We reassure all countries that we will not interfere in their internal affairs and that we want good economic relations with them,” the prime minister, who had previously been criticized on social media for saying that Islam had taken power in the country, said in a nearly 30-minute speech. , made no statements, although the nation faces serious challenges.

The Taliban took power in Afghanistan on August 15, after the overthrow of a U.S.-backed government as Washington rushed to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan after a twenty-year war.

The previous Taliban regime was overthrown following a U.S.-led invasion following the 9/11 attacks.

MHAkhund is a longtime member of the Taliban who had close ties to the movement’s founder and its first top leader, Mula Omar, to whom he advised on policy issues.

MHAkhund, who is in his seventies, is believed to have served as Afghan Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister from 1996 to 2001. He was later added to the United Nations Security Council’s list of “acts and activities” against the Taliban.

The MHAkhund government faces major challenges, especially in reviving the country’s extremely weak economy, which has lost 75 percent of its international support. national budget.

“We ask all international organizations not to withhold their aid and to help our exhausted nation … so that the nation’s problems can be solved,” the prime minister said in a speech.

Afghanistan is experiencing high inflation and unemployment. And the country’s banking sector collapsed after the Taliban took control of the country.

United Nations aid agencies have warned that Afghanistan is facing a serious humanitarian crisis, with half of the 38 million the country’s population is at risk of starvation.

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