Taliban spokesman says new Afghan gov't to be announced in few days

2021-09-06 15:59:52Xinhua Editor : Wang Yifan ECNS App Download

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said here on Monday that a new Afghan government will be announced in the next few days, after confirming that the group has taken over Panjshir, the only province that had remained out of Taliban's control.

Afghanistan might form a caretaker government as the preparation was underway to announce the new administration, Mujahid told a press conference.

Details and date of formation for the new government will be shared soon, he said.

He said the government will be all-inclusive and expressed hope that the people of Afghanistan will help in the country's transition.

Ex-Afghan military officials will be invited to join the security departments in the new government, said the spokesman.

He also made it clear that Taliban hopes to have strong relations with neighboring countries.

There were no civilian casualties during the fighting in Panjshir, the spokesman said, adding that electricity and the internet will resume in the province soon.

Declaring the war in Afghanistan over, he added that the Kabul airport will be fully functioning soon. He asked for patience as the group tries to establish international flights.

Meanwhile, Mujahid said he was told that Vice President Amrullah Saleh has fled to Tajikistan.

Panjshir, some 200 km north of Kabul, is the last province in Afghanistan uncontrolled by the Taliban since the U.S. troop's pullout from the Central Asian country in late August.

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