The Taliban stated that they have held talks with senior leaders of the anti-Taliban coalition, which was held in neighboring Iran over the weekend
The Taliban-appointed Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaki said in a short video released on Monday that during the meeting, coalition leaders were told that they could return to Afghanistan and promised that their safety would be guaranteed.
The coalition is known as the National Resistance Front and is led by Ahmed Masood, the son of the anti-Taliban fighter Ahmed Shah Masood who was assassinated in 2001. The organization fled after the Taliban swept Kabul as Afghans in mid-August, and the Afghan army had little resistance to the Taliban’s takeover. Ahmed Masood joined Ismail Khan, the former governor of the western province of Herat.
After the Taliban invaded Kabul on August 15 and occupied the Afghan capital, in the final weeks of the United States and NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, a small group of anti-Taliban fighters fled north to the Panjshir Valley and established a base there. Fight against the Taliban. The fighting had been going on for several weeks before the Taliban took over the area.
Since then, there have been reports that the Taliban have retaliated against the Panjehiri who ruled the area and are the backbone of the Resistance Alliance.
The meeting in Tehran on Sunday was one of the first signs of reconciliation between the Taliban and its opponents. Several prominent leaders of the former US-backed Afghan government, including former President Hamid Karzai and former Chairman of the National Reconciliation Council Abdullah Abdullah, remained in Kabul after the Taliban took over.
Mutaki said in a video clip distributed to the media: “They can return to Afghanistan without any worries.” The anti-Taliban coalition did not immediately comment.
Taliban Deputy Spokesperson Bilal Karimi said: “The Islamic Emirate is working hard to ensure that the country’s future is safe for everyone, and there is no reason to oppose it.”