Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzadeh said that the US announcement of withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan is an important step, calling on Washington to fully implement the Doha Agreement.
In a statement issued today, Sunday, on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, Akhundzadeh accused Washington of repeatedly violating the Doha Agreement, noting that extending the stay of US forces in Afghanistan to next September is a clear violation of the agreement.
The US withdrawal from Afghanistan was scheduled to be completed by May 1, according to the agreement that the administration of former US President Donald Trump signed with the Taliban movement in the Qatari capital, Doha, in February 2020.
However, the withdrawal officially began on May 1, according to the directives of US President Joe Biden, who announced that this process will take place in an orderly and gradual manner to be completed by September 11, the anniversary of the famous attacks on the United States.
The Taliban leader said in his statement today that the issue of releasing the movement’s detainees and removing the names of its leaders from the blacklist has not been resolved yet.
At the same time, Akhundzadeh accused the Afghan government of trying to sabotage peace negotiations in Afghanistan “by various means.”
He called on the United Nations and the international community to maintain complete neutrality on the Afghan issue, stressing the Taliban’s endeavor to establish good and positive relations with the countries of the region and the world, he said.