The Taliban are using Russia to negotiate with Ahmad Massoud
KABUL, ($1= Afghan Afghanis) – A representative of the Taliban’s political service visited the Russian embassy in Kabul on Saturday and handed over a proposal for a political agreement to the Panjshir authorities, said Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov, learned BulgarianMilitray.com.
“Today we had a representative of the Taliban’s political service at the embassy and he asked to send a political signal to the people of Panjshir,” Zhirnov told Soloviev’s live channel on Youtube.
“They asked Russia to convey the following to the leaders and people of Panjshir: so far the Taliban have not attempted to enter Panjshir by force, the group is counting on finding a peaceful way to resolve the situation, for example by reaching a political agreement,” he added.
According to the ambassador, the statement noted that the Taliban “do not want bloodshed and are in the mood for dialogue.” Zhirnov added that such a statement suggested that the Taliban wanted to resolve the situation “in a more civilized way” than Amrulah Saleh, who was Afghanistan’s vice president under Ashraf Ghani.
Zhirnov also said he did not believe in the possibility of Taliban expansion in Central Asia.
“I don’t believe it. I don’t believe they will go. They have too much work at home,” he said. Zhirnov noted that Russian diplomats in Kabul have a “full understanding” with their counterparts in China and Pakistan about the current situation in Afghanistan.
In mid-August, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, including Kabul. Former President Ashraf Ghani has left the country and is currently in the UAE. Meanwhile, Afghan Vice President Amrulah Saleh said he remained in the country and considered himself a legitimate head of state. Saleh is located in the mountainous province of Panjshir, which remains the only region not controlled by the Taliban.
The Taliban say they are negotiating a transitional government with several Afghan political forces. No country has yet recognized the Taliban as the legitimate leadership of Afghanistan.
Ahmad Massoud wants weapons from the US
Opponents of the Taliban asked the United States and the West to supply weapons and equipment to fight the Taliban movement that seized power in the country, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing The Washington Post.
“We need more weapons, more ammunition, and more equipment. America and its democratic allies do more than just fighting terrorism with Afghans. We have a long history of shared ideals and struggles. There is still much you can do to help the cause of freedom. You are our only remaining hope,” wrote Ahmad Masood, who currently leads the resistance forces in the non-Taliban province of Panjshir, to The Washington Post.
He is the son of the head of the Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Massoud, who also opposed the Taliban and was killed by al-Qaeda.
Ahad Masoud said his troops were joined by the forces of former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, Afghan regular army soldiers “who were outraged at the surrender of their commanders,” the Afghan special forces.
Masoud said that his fighters have a certain stock of weapons and ammunition, “which we have patiently collected since my father’s time because we knew that this day might come.” He assured that he and his fighters would “defend Panjshir as the last bastion of Afghan freedom.”
“But this is not enough. our friends in the West will not find a way to provide for us without delay,” he writes, adding that “he begs the friends of Afghanistan to intercede” for them.
Massoud stressed: “The Taliban is not a problem only for the Afghan people. Under the control of the Taliban, Afghanistan will no doubt become the epicenter of radical Islamist terrorism; here again, plots against democracies will be hatched.”
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