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Taliban intends to have economic and trade ties with all countries, including US: Taliban leader Ghani Baradar

 "The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wants diplomatic and trade ties with all countries, particularly with the United States of America," the group's co-founder and deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar said in a Twitter posting today, according to Xinhua News Agency.

Taliban intends to have economic and trade ties with all countries, including US: Taliban leader Ghani Baradar-dnm
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Kabul, First Published Aug 21, 2021, 5:48 PM IST
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Kabul: Taliban on Saturday announced that they want to have economic and trade ties with all countries around the world, including the US.

"The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wants diplomatic and trade ties with all countries, particularly with the United States of America," the group's co-founder and deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar said in a Twitter posting today, according to Xinhua News Agency.

Refuting media reports that Taliban has no intention to have diplomatic and trade ties with the United States, he said, "We never talk about cut of trade ties with any countries. Rumor about this news has been a propaganda. It is not true," he said, reported Xinhua News Agency.

Taliban leader Baradar is in Kabul to begin a formal discussion with Afghanistan political leaders on setting up a government, a senior leader of the group, which has gained control over Afghanistan said.

The developments came soon after Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar informed that formal talks between the group and Afghan leaders will begin once the Taliban leaders reach Kabul, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.

The Taliban have been attempting to convince the world that they will sever ties with terror groups like al-Qaeda after they are back in power in Afghanistan after 20 years and needs the world's recognition and approbation, a media report said.

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The Taliban's long history of association with terror groups and their family-based relations with terrorists of other groups have raised severe questions about the Taliban's commitment during the Doha agreement that they would not provide safe heavens to any terrorist in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan is in total chaos as thousands still continue to flee from the clutches of the Taliban, while Afghans have taken to streets in protest against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan rule.

Kabul fell at the hands of the Taliban on Sunday, establishing the insurgents’ complete control of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, hours after Taliban entered the capital, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country stating that he left to avoid bloodshed.

(With inputs from agency)  

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