Anti-Taliban chief Massoud says negotiation solely approach ahead

Ahmad Massoud, chief of Afghanistan’s final main outpost of anti-Taliban resistance, stated on Sunday he hoped to carry peaceable talks with the insurgents that seized energy in Kabul per week in the past however that his forces have been able to battle.

“We want to make the Taliban realise that the only way forward is through negotiation,” he instructed Reuters by phone from his stronghold within the mountainous Panjshir valley northwest of Kabul, the place he has gathered remnants of standard military models and particular forces in addition to native militia models.

“We do not want a war to break out.”

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However he stated his supporters have been able to battle if Taliban forces, which have up to now stayed out of Panjshir, tried to invade.

“They want to defend, they want to fight, they want to resist against any totalitarian regime.”

Massoud, son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, one of many principal leaders of Afghanistan’s anti-Soviet resistance within the 1980s, stated the forces didn’t simply come from Panjshir, which additionally held out in opposition to the Taliban previous to 2001.

“We are defending the whole country in one province.”

He known as for an inclusive, broad-based authorities in Kabul representing all of Afghanistan’s totally different ethnic teams and stated a “totalitarian regime” shouldn’t be recognised by the worldwide neighborhood.

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