The Taliban’s overseas minister mentioned on Monday he held talks in Iran on the weekend with Ahmad Massoud, son of the late legendary Afghan resistance chief Ahmad Shah Massoud, and assured his safety if he returned home.
Massoud’s Panjshir Valley forces supplied the final resistance in September to the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, weeks after authorities troops capitulated.
In a video posted on Monday by state media on Twitter, Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi mentioned he additionally met Ismail Khan, a Herat province warlord who surrendered to the Taliban and left the nation.
The Taliban had introduced Muttaqi’s departure to Tehran for talks with Iranian officers however made no point out of any plans to fulfill exiled leaders.
“We met commander Ismail Khan and Ahmad Massoud, and other Afghans in Iran, and assured them that anyone can come to Afghanistan and live without any concerns,” Muttaqi mentioned within the video.
“It’s home to all, and we do not create insecurity or other problems for anyone. Everyone can come freely and live.”
The Panjshir Valley is famed for being the location of resistance to Soviet forces within the 1980s and the Taliban within the late 1990s, throughout their first stint in energy.
Its most revered determine is Ahmad Shah Massoud, referred to as the “Lion of Panjshir”, who was assassinated in 2001 by al Qaeda two days earlier than the 9/11 assaults.
His son has since picked up the mantle, and there have been stories of him organising a resistance with different exiled Afghan leaders.
The Massoud-led National Resistance Front has repeatedly denounced the Taliban — calling it an “illegitimate government” — however doesn’t seem to have made any bodily assaults.
Afghanistan’s former president Ashraf Ghani fled the nation with many high officers because the Taliban closed in on Kabul, however a number of different distinguished leaders remained — together with ex-head of state Hamid Karzai.
The Taliban promised a basic amnesty to all opponents and critics after taking on, however rights organisations say at the least 100 folks related to the previous regime have been killed since then.