Taliban want better diplomatic, trade ties with all

US prez says Syria bigger threat than Afghanistan

Kabul, August 19 (UNI): The Taliban on Thursday rejected rumours that its government does not want to have trade relations with any country, and said it wants better diplomatic and trade ties with all.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, in tweets said the group has never said it does not want to trade with any country and added that they reject any such rumours.


“The Islamic Emirate wants better diplomatic and trade relations with all countries. “We have not said no about not trading with any country. The rumours that have been spread about this are not true and we reject it.

“We reject any rumors that are not true,” he posted on Twitter.

Meanwhile, The Taliban have imposed a curfew in the southeastern Afghan city of Khost, saying the measure would prevent rioting and public disorder, a source told Sputnik on Thursday.

Khost is one of the few Afghan cities where residents attempted public demonstration of rejection of the Taliban, for example by rallying with the overthrown Afghan national flag.

“Today, the city of Khost was closed by the Taliban security forces, and all movement was prohibited. They [the Taliban] claimed that the purpose of the curfew was to prevent riots in the city that could lead to looting,” the source said.

The Taliban offensive across Afghanistan was completed on August 15 by the seizure of Kabul. Ashraf Ghani resigned from the presidential post and left the country. The movement declared the end of the years-long war.

In a statement on Thursday, US President Joe Biden told ABC in an interview that the United States faces a more serious terror threat from Syria and other countries than it does from Afghanistan.

“Al Qaeda, ISIS, they metastasise. There’s a significantly greater threat to the United States from Syria. There’s a significantly greater threat from East Africa. There’s significant greater threat to other places in the world than it is from the mountains of Afghanistan. And we have maintained the ability to have an over-the-horizon capability to take them out. We’re – we don’t have military in Syria to make sure that we’re gonna be protected,” Biden told ABC News.

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