The Taliban throw the stone and hide their hands in a new attempt to re-link with Washington and the international community after the chaotic departure of US troops from Kabul at the end of August.
While the Islamic government announced on Tuesday that it hopes to maintain a “good tune”With the new White House special envoy, Thomas West, the Afghan Interior Ministry paid tribute to the suicide militiamen who attacked the US military in recent years and promised money and land to their families.
The Acting Minister of the Interior, Sirajuddin Haqqani, offered a reward to dozens of relatives of the suicide bombers gathered at a hotel in Kabul, ministry spokesman Saeed Khosty tweeted.
In his speech, Haqqani praised the sacrifices of the “martyrs and fedayeen,” the fighters killed in suicide attacks, Khosty tweeted. Haqqani called them “heroes of islam and the country” according to the spokesperson.
The current interior minister is the leader of the feared Haqqani network, which is blamed for some of the bloodiest attacks in the country. This organization was included on the Security Council sanctions list in 2007 for its alleged association with the terrorist group Al-Qaeda.
After the meeting, the minister gave clothes and 10,000 Afghanis ($ 112) to each family and promised each family a plot. Khosty posted photos of Haqqani, her face blurred, hugging family members in a packed auditorium.
The Taliban seek to reopen the channel of dialogue with the world
This act took place at a time when the Taliban seek to open diplomatic channels to an international community largely reluctant to recognize their regime in Afghanistan.
Analysts believe that the promise of rewards for suicide attacks is a sign of conflicting positions within driving. They try to present themselves as responsible rulers, they promise security for all and condemn suicide attacks by rivals, but praise them when committed by followers.
The Taliban used suicide attacks and roadside explosions to wear down Afghan and US forces during the 20-year insurgency.
The Taliban’s attempt to get closer to Washington
Meanwhile, the interim government of the Taliban announced on Tuesday that it hopes to maintain good harmony with the new special envoy of the United States, Thomas West, until now number two of his predecessor, Zalmay Khalilzad, who leaves the position.
”We are optimistic about moving forward with new representative Tom West. The full implementation of the Doha agreement will normalize relations between the two governments, “the spokesman for the Afghan Foreign Ministry said on Twitter. Qahar Balkhi.
The architect of that Doha agreement was Khalilzad, who formalized the document with the Taliban in February 2020, thus setting the date for the final withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan after twenty years of conflict.
Balkhi said that under Khalilzad’s “leadership” “during two US administrations,” the Taliban witnessed “good progress in the negotiations” that culminated in the final departure of the United States shortly before midnight on August 31.
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