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Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (not pictured) on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, U.S. September 23, 2021. Kena Betancur/Pool via REUTERSISLAMABAD, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Kabul on Thursday for his first visit to the Afghan capital since the Taliban victory in August, following weeks of tension over transport links between the two neighbouring countries. Qureshi will focus in his talks with Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and other Taliban leaders "on ways and means to deepen cooperation in diverse areas", Pakistan's foreign ministry said in a statement. In addition, Pakistan International Airlines, the only international airline that had been operating regularly in Kabul, last week suspended flights, complaining of interference and harassment of its staff by Taliban officials. read more"The Foreign Minister's visit reflects Pakistan's consistent policy of supporting the brotherly Afghan people, deepening bilateral trade and economic relations, and facilitating closer people-to-people contacts," the ministry statement said.
Persons: Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Antony Blinken, Kena, Qureshi, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Faiz Hameed, James Mackenzie, Gareth Jones Organizations: U.S, General Assembly, REUTERS, Pakistan's, Afghan, Pakistan International Airlines, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, REUTERS ISLAMABAD, Kabul, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kandahar
Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov shakes hands with a representative of the Taliban delegation Mawlawi Shahabuddin Dilawar before the beginning of international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2021. Russia has led the calls for international aid, conscious that any spillover of conflict from Afghanistan could threaten regional stability. Abdul Salam Hanafi, the deputy prime minister who led the delegation, said: "Isolating Afghanistan is in no one's interests." Its main fear is the risk of instability in Central Asia, and possible migrant flows and Islamist militant activity directed from Afghanistan. As well as saying no militant groups will be able to operate from Afghanistan, the Taliban have said they will safeguard the rights of women and minorities.
Persons: Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov, Mawlawi Shahabuddin Dilawar, Alexander Zemlianichenko, Washington, Dmitry Peskov, Osama bin Laden's, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Abdul Salam Hanafi, Gabrielle Tetrault, Farber, Mark Trevelyan, James MacKenzie, Peter Graff, Timothy Heritage, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Taliban, United, Soviet, CIS, Commonwealth, Independent, U.S, pullout, Islamic, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Moscow, Russia, MOSCOW, United Nations, China, Pakistan, India, Iran, Soviet Central, United States, Independent States, Central Asia, Afghan, Islamic State, State, Khorasan Province
Afghan foreign minister to hold talks in Turkey
  + stars: | 2021-10-14 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens, Greece, May 31, 2021. REUTERS/Costas BaltasANKARA, Oct 14 (Reuters) - A Taliban delegation led by Afghanistan's foreign minister will hold talks in Turkey on Thursday with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, a spokesman for Afghanistan's foreign ministry said. NATO member Turkey maintained its embassy in Afghanistan after Western countries withdrew following the Taliban takeover, and has urged those countries to step up engagement. read moreAfghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said on Twitter that acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and other ministers would hold talks in Ankara on aid, migration, air transport and trade. Turkish diplomatic sources confirmed the planned talks with Cavusoglu, but did not provide further information.
Persons: Mevlut Cavusoglu, Nikos Dendias, Costas Baltas, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Muttaqi, Cavusoglu, Dominic Evans Organizations: Turkish, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, REUTERS, Taliban, NATO, Foreign Ministry, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Athens, Greece, Costas Baltas ANKARA, Turkey, Afghanistan, Ankara, Qatar, Kabul
ANKARA, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Afghan Taliban leaders said they would do all they can to help Afghan migrants in Turkey wanting to return home, the Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday after talks in Ankara, adding that both sides discussed how to prevent another "migrant wave". The Taliban ruled Afghanistan with an iron hand from 1996 to 2001 before being ousted by U.S.-led forces. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who earlier said he would visit Kabul, discussed migration, humanitarian aid, the economy and other issues with a delegation led by Afghan acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi. "We have a certain number of Afghan migrants, irregular or regular. Cavusoglu said he had conveyed the security "expectations" of Turkey and the international community over the airport, adding they had also discussed counter-terrorism.
Persons: Mevlut Cavusoglu, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Cavusoglu, Muttaqi, Dominic Evans, Nick Macfie Organizations: U.S, NATO, Turkish, Thomson Locations: ANKARA, Turkey, Ankara, Afghanistan, Taliban, Kabul, U.S, Afghan, Turkish, Qatar
Afghan foreign minister seeks good relations with the world
  + stars: | 2021-10-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
A person holds a flag of Afghanistan while taking part in a Solidarity With Afghan Women rally outside the United Nations headquarters, during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, in New York, U.S., September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Jeenah MoonDOHA, Oct 11 (Reuters) - The new Taliban government in Afghanistan seeks good relations with the rest of the world and is hoping for positive results from a recent meeting with a U.S. delegation, acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said on Monday. The remarks, at an event organized by the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies in Doha, reflect the new government's push to build relations with other countries as it faces a potentially catastrophic economic crisis. Reporting by Alexander Cornwell, Andrew Mills, James Mackenzie; Editing by Hugh LawsonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Amir Khan Muttaqi, Alexander Cornwell, Andrew Mills, James Mackenzie, Hugh Lawson Organizations: Solidarity, Afghan Women, United Nations, General Assembly, REUTERS, U.S, Center, Studies, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, New York, U.S, Doha
A Taliban solider stands guard in front of a house neighbouring the Islamic State hideout raided by Taliban forces on Sunday night in northern Kabul, Afghanistan October 4, 2021. REUTERS/StaffDOHA, Oct 11 (Reuters) - The new Taliban government in Afghanistan is able to control the threat from Islamic State militants who have launched a series of deadly attacks in recent weeks, acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said on Monday. Speaking at an event in Doha, he said instability in Afghanistan was not in anyone's interests and he called for cooperation from the world community, saying Afghanistan would not be a base for attacks on other countries. Reporting by Alexander Cornwell, Andrew Mills, James Mackenzie; Editing by Hugh LawsonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Amir Khan Muttaqi, Alexander Cornwell, Andrew Mills, James Mackenzie, Hugh Lawson Organizations: Taliban, REUTERS, Staff DOHA, Islamic, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Doha
A person holds a flag of Afghanistan while taking part in a Solidarity With Afghan Women rally outside the United Nations headquarters, during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, in New York, U.S., September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Jeenah MoonDOHA, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's foreign minister appealed to the world for good relations on Monday but avoided making firm commitments on girls' education despite international demands to allow all Afghan children to go back to school. "The international community need to start cooperating with us," acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said at an event organized by Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. "With this we will be able to stop insecurity and at the same time with this we will be able to engage positively with the world." Reporting by Alexander Cornwell, Andrew Mills, James Mackenzie; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Giles ElgoodOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Amir Khan Muttaqi, Muttaqi, General Antonio Guterres, Alexander Cornwell, Andrew Mills, James Mackenzie, Hugh Lawson, Giles Elgood Organizations: Solidarity, Afghan Women, United Nations, General Assembly, REUTERS, Center for, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Islamic, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, New York, U.S, Kabul, U.N, United States, Afghan, Kunduz, Islamic
Taliban delegates are seated in a plane in an unidentified location, in this handout photo uploaded to social media on October 9, 2021. Social media handout/via REUTERSWASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - The United States said on Sunday the first face-to-face meeting between senior U.S. and Taliban officials since the hardline group retook power in Afghanistan was "candid and professional" and that the U.S. side reiterated that the Taliban would be judged on their actions, not just their words. He said the two sides also discussed "the United States’ provision of robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people." "The discussions were candid and professional with the U.S. delegation reiterating that the Taliban will be judged on its actions, not only its words," Price said in a statement. Biden administration officials told Reuters on Friday the U.S. delegation would press the Taliban to release kidnapped American Mark Frerichs.
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(Adds detail, quote)CAIRO, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Taliban representatives asked the United States to lift a ban on Afghan central bank reserves at a meeting with U.S. counterparts here in Doha, Afghanistan's acting foreign minister said on Saturday in remarks reported by Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television. The minister added that the Afghan delegation and U.S. counterparts discussed “opening a new page” between the two countries, adversaries during the United States’ two-decade long occupation of Afghanistan. Washington and other Western countries are grappling with difficult choices as a severe humanitarian crisis looms large over Afghanistan. Mutaki also said that the Afghan delegation focus at the meeting was humanitarian aid and implementing Doha agreement. Mutaki added the Afghan delegation will meet European Union representatives to discuss latest developments, but he didn’t mention when the meeting will be held.
Persons: Amir Khan Muttaqi, Mutaki Organizations: U.S, Afghan, World Bank, Reuters, Doha, European Union Locations: CAIRO, United States, Doha, Qatar, Washington, Al, U.S, States, Afghanistan
Taliban acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi speaks during a news conference in Kabul Afghanistan September 14, 2021. Picture taken September 14, 2021.REUTERS/StringerCairo Oct 9 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's acting foreign minister said on Saturday that an Afghan delegation had asked the United States to lift its ban on the central bank's reserves during a meeting with their U.S. counterparts in Doha, Qatari-based Al-Jazeera television reported. Amir Khan Muttaqi said that Washington would offer Afghan people coronavirus vaccines, Al-Jazeera cited him as saying. Reporting by Moataz Abdelrahiem; editing by Jason NeelyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Amir Khan Muttaqi, Stringer Cairo, Moataz, Jason Neely Organizations: REUTERS, Afghan, U.S, Thomson Locations: Kabul Afghanistan, United States, Doha, Qatari, Washington, Al
British PM's envoy meets Taliban in Afghanistan
  + stars: | 2021-10-05 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Taliban acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi speaks during a news conference in Kabul Afghanistan September 14, 2021. Picture taken September 14, 2021.REUTERS/StringerLONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's special envoy met Taliban leaders in Afghanistan to discuss the humanitarian crisis and ways to prevent the country from becoming an incubator for militants. Simon Gass, Johnson's high representative for Afghanistan, met Taliban leaders including Amir Khan Muttaqi, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Abdul Salam Hanafi, the Foreign Office said. Gass was accompanied by Chargé d'Affaires of the UK Mission to Afghanistan in Doha. Reporting by William James and Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Kate HoltonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Amir Khan Muttaqi, Stringer LONDON, Boris Johnson's, Simon Gass, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Abdul Salam Hanafi, Gass, Chargé, William James, Guy Faulconbridge, Kate Holton Organizations: REUTERS, British, Foreign, Thomson Locations: Kabul Afghanistan, Afghanistan, Doha
Afghanistan's U.N. ambassador Ghulam Isaczai addresses the United Nations Security Council regarding the situation in Afghanistan at the United Nations in New York City, New York, U.S., August 16, 2021. The move comes amid competing claims for Afghanistan's U.N. seat in New York after the Taliban seized power last month. Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi last week asked to address the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations and nominated the Islamist group's Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan's U.N. ambassador. He was scheduled to address the final day of the high-level U.N. gathering on Monday, but withdrew late on Sunday, diplomats said. No representative from Myanmar will address the high-level General Assembly meeting.
Persons: Afghanistan's U.N, Ghulam Isaczai, Andrew Kelly, Afghanistan's, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Suhail Shaheen, Isaczai, U.N, Kyaw Moe Tun, Michelle Nichols, Alex Richardson Organizations: United Nations Security Council, United Nations, REUTERS, UNITED, General Assembly, Taliban, group's, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, New York City , New York, U.S, New York, group's Doha, Myanmar, United States, China, Russia
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference following talks with San Marino's Foreign Minister Luca Beccari in Moscow, Russia, September 13, 2021. Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoUNITED NATIONS, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that international recognition of the Taliban was not currently under consideration. His comments come after the Taliban nominated a U.N. envoy, setting up a showdown over Afghanistan's seat at the world body. "The question of international recognition of the Taliban at the present juncture is not on the table," Lavrov told a news conference. Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Monday nominated the Islamist group's Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan's U.N. ambassador.
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Afghanistan's U.N. ambassador Ghulam Isaczai addresses the United Nations Security Council regarding the situation in Afghanistan at the United Nations in New York City, New York, U.S., August 16, 2021. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun - appointed by Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government - had initially been expected to address the 193-member General Assembly on Monday, the final day of the gathering. Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Monday asked to address the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations and nominated the Islamist group's Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan's U.N. ambassador. It traditionally meets in October or November so a decision would not be made in time that would allow Muttaqi to address the high-level General Assembly meeting this year. Until a decision is made by the credentials committee on both Afghanistan and Myanmar, Isaczai and Kyaw Moe Tun will remain in the seats, according to the General Assembly rules.
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The Taliban's foreign minister has asked for the regime's envoy to speak at the UN General Assembly. He's contesting Afghanistan's seat, which has been given to the ambassador representing the former government. When the Taliban previously ruled Afghanistan, they were not given a seat by the UN. Both parties are jockeying to speak during Afghanistan's slated spot as the final speech of September 27, the last day of this year's General Assembly. Officials will now have to decide whether to accept the Taliban's request, or let Isaczai continue as Afghanistan's ambassador under UN protocol.
Persons: He's, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Antonio Guterres, Ghulam Isaczai, Afghanistan's, Ashraf Ghani Organizations: UN, Assembly, Service, United Nations General Assembly, Taliban, General, Reuters, Officials, Sierra, AP Locations: Afghanistan, New York, Russia, China, Sweden, Bahamas, Bhutan, Chile, Namibia, Sierra Leone
NEW YORK—The Taliban are seeking to participate in the United Nations annual gathering as part of the Afghan militant group’s effort to win international recognition, after its military victory toppled Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed government. The office of U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres received a letter from Taliban foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Monday asking to participate in the U.N. General Assembly, according to the U.N. spokesman Stéphane Dujarric. Meanwhile, the group said it had nominated Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman in its Qatar office, as its U.N. ambassador, Mr. Dujarric said.
Persons: António Guterres, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Stéphane Dujarric, Suhail Shaheen, Dujarric Organizations: United Nations, Afghanistan’s, General Locations: Afghanistan’s U.S, Qatar
Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi made the request in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday. Muttaqi asked to speak during the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly, which finishes on Monday. The Taliban letter said Isaczai's mission "is considered over and that he no longer represents Afghanistan," said Haq. Until a decision is made by the credentials committee Isaczai will remain in the seat, according to the General Assembly rules. He is currently scheduled to address the final day of the meeting on Sept. 27, but it was not immediately clear if any countries might object in the wake of the Taliban letter.
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Live U.N. Live Updates: Biden Pledges to Work Toward ‘Peaceful, Prosperous Future For All’ Covid-19 and climate change are dominating the start of the General Assembly gathering. President Biden called for an era of international cooperation in tackling global threats in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly as president. “Our security, our prosperity and our very freedoms are interconnected, in my view as never before,” Mr. Biden said. The event is a major test of credibility for Mr. Biden, who was among the first to address the 193-member General Assembly. Many officials who had welcomed the election of President Biden — and his pledge that “America is back” — are now expressing concerns.
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U.N. General Assembly: Biden Pledges to Work Toward ‘Peaceful, Prosperous Future For All’ Covid-19 and climate change dominated the start of the General Assembly gathering. President Biden called for an era of international cooperation in tackling global threats in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly as president. The event is a major test of credibility for Mr. Biden, who was among the first to address the 193-member General Assembly. Image The seats reserved for Israel’s delegation sat empty as President Biden addressed the General Assembly on Tuesday. Image Security-related street closures are expected to turn Midtown Manhattan into a labyrinth as the General Assembly meets in person.
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The Taliban have nominated an ambassador to represent Afghanistan at the United Nations, U.N. officials said Tuesday, injecting a new twist into what was already a delicate diplomatic quandary in the global organization. The nomination, submitted to Secretary General António Guterres on Monday, sets up a showdown with the envoy of Afghanistan’s toppled government, Ghulam Isaczai, who has so far retained his post. But it raised the startling prospect that the Taliban — the violent, extremist Islamic movement that retook power last month as the American-backed government collapsed — would occupy an ambassador’s seat at the United Nations. Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for Mr. Guterres, confirmed a Reuters report that the secretary general had been notified of the Taliban request in a letter signed by Amir Khan Muttaqi, identified as the movement’s foreign minister. The letter stated that the Taliban’s choice of U.N. ambassador was Suhail Shaheen, the movement’s spokesman based in Doha, Qatar.
Persons: General António Guterres, Afghanistan’s, Ghulam Isaczai, Stéphane, Guterres, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Suhail Shaheen Organizations: United Nations, Reuters Locations: Afghanistan, Doha, Qatar
An Afghan flag flutters outside the Afghan embassy in Washington, U.S., August 15, 2021 on the day Taliban insurgents entered Afghanistan's capital Kabul. One senior Afghan diplomat estimated there were around 3,000 people either working in the country's embassies or directly dependent on them. But these calls for continuity do not reflect the chaos on the ground, embassy staff said. I am not being paid now," a source at the Afghan embassy in Canada's capital Ottawa said. "It's very clear that not a single Afghan diplomat posted overseas wants to go back," said a senior Afghan diplomat in Japan.
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Mohammad Hasan Akhund, acting PMMohammad Hasan Akhund has long served as the head of the Taliban's Rehbari Shura, or leadership council. Abdul Ghani Baradar, acting deputy PMAbdul Ghani Baradar was a founding member of the Taliban and the militant group's political leader. Baradar, who was also close to Omar, served as defense minister when the group last ruled Afghanistan. Sirajuddin Haqqani, acting Taliban Interior Minister, who is currently on the FBI Most Wanted list. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 7, 2021.
Persons: Kate Clark, Mohammad Hasan Akhund, Akhund, Mullah Mohammad Omar, Osama bin Laden, Abdul Ghani Baradar, Baradar, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Karim Jafaar, Sirajuddin Haqqani, Haqqani, Hamid Karzai, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi, Dimitri Messinis, Muttaqi, Mohammad Yaqoob, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Yaqoob, Zabihullah Mujahid, Saifurahman, Mujahid, Biden, Heiko Maas, U.S . Wang Wenbin, Clark, You've, you've, Chantal Da Silva, Mushtaq Yusufzai Organizations: State Department, Afghanistan Analysts Network, NBC, Al, World Trade, Pentagon, Washington , D.C, United Nations, U.S ., Getty, CIA, U.S, Sirajuddin, FBI, Haqqani, Commission, Taliban, Xinhua News Agency, Reuters, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Locations: U.S, Kabul, Afghanistan, New York City, Washington ,, Pennsylvania, Omar, Qatar's, Doha, AFP, Pakistan, Qatar, Saifurahman Safi, U.S ., Beijing, China, London, Peshawar
REUTERS/StringerSept 7 (Reuters) - The Taliban on Tuesday announced key acting ministerial positions. Like many in the Taliban leadership, Akhund derives much of his prestige from his proximity to the movement's reclusive first leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar. AMIR KHAN MUTTAQI, ACTING FOREIGN MINISTEROriginally from Paktia, Muttaqi calls himself a resident of Helmand. Muttaqi served as minister of culture and information during the previous Taliban government, as well as minister of education. ZABIHULLAH MUJAHID, ACTING DEPUTY INFORMATION MINISTERThe long-time spokesman for the Taliban, Mujahid has for more than a decade been the key conduit for information on the group's activities, regularly posting details of suicide attacks through his Twitter account.
Persons: Stringer, MOHAMMAD HASAN AKHUND, Akhund, Shura, Mullah Mohammad Omar, Omar, Haibatullah Akhundzada, ABDUL GHANI BARADAR, Baradar, Mullah Omar, AMIR KHAN MUTTAQI, Muttaqi, MULLAH YAQOOB, Son, Yaqoob, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Still, Sirajuddin Haqqani, SIRAJUDDIN HAQQANI, Jalaluddin Haqqani, ZABIHULLAH MUJAHID, Mujahid, Alasdair Pal, James Mackenzie, Jibran Ahmad, Devjyot, Mike Collett Organizations: Hamid, REUTERS, Taliban, Commission, Sirajuddin, Haqqani, Soviet, Foreign, Organization, United Nations, Al, U.S . State Department, White, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Kandahar, Pakistan, Doha, United States, Paktia, Helmand, Qatar, Panjshir, SIRAJUDDIN, Al Qaeda
Factbox: Taliban announces makeup of new Afghan government
  + stars: | 2021-09-07 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's deputy leader and negotiator, and other delegation members attend the Afghan peace conference in Moscow, Russia March 18, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERSSept 7 (Reuters) - The Taliban announced Afghanistan's new government on Tuesday, naming Mullah Hasan Akhund, a close associate of the movement's late founder Mullah Omar, as acting prime minister. The Taliban's main spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said all those named were holding their positions in an 'acting' capacity. Herewith the full list published by the Islamist movement:-Prime Minister - Mullah Mohammed Hasan Akhund1st Deputy Prime Minister - Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar2nd Deputy Prime Minister - Mawlavi Abdul Salam HanafiForeign Minister - Mawlavi Amir Khan MuttaqiDefence Minister - Mawlavi Mohammed YaqoobInterior Minister - Mullah Sirajuddin HaqqaniJustice Minister - Mawlavi Abdul Hakim SharieBorders and Tribal Affairs Minister - Mullah Noorullah NoorHead of Intelligence - Mullah Abdul Haq WasiqFinance Minister - Mullah Hedayatullah BadriEconomy Minister - Qari Din Mohammed HanifCentral Bank Governor - Haji Mohammed IdrisEnergy & Water Minister - Mullah Abdul Latif MansoorRural Rehabilitation Minister - Mullah Younus AkhundzadaPublic Works Minister - Mullah Abdul Manan OmariMines and Petroleum - Mullah Mohammed Esa AkhundCulture & Information Minister - Mullah Khairullah KhairkhwahDeputy Culture and Information Minister - Zabihullah MujahidCommunications Minister - Mawlavi Najibullah HaqqaniHigher Education Minister - Abdul Baqi HaqqaniRefugee & Repatriation Minister - Haji Khalil ur Rahman HaqqaniEditing by Jon BoyleOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Alexander Zemlianichenko, Mullah Hasan Akhund, Mullah Omar, Zabihullah Mujahid, Mullah Mohammed Hasan Akhund, Mawlavi Abdul Salam, Mawlavi Amir Khan Muttaqi, Mawlavi Mohammed Yaqoob, Mullah Sirajuddin, Mawlavi Abdul Hakim Sharie, Mullah Noorullah Noor, Mullah Abdul Haq, Mullah Hedayatullah Badri, Qari Din Mohammed, Haji Mohammed Idris, Mullah Abdul Latif Mansoor, Mullah Younus, Mullah Abdul Manan Omari, Mullah Mohammed Esa Akhund, Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwah, Mawlavi Najibullah, Abdul Baqi, Haji Khalil ur Rahman, Jon Boyle Organizations: REUTERS, Taliban, Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi Foreign, Mawlavi Amir Khan Muttaqi Defence, Tribal Affairs Minister, Intelligence, Mullah Abdul Haq Wasiq Finance, Central Bank Governor, Haji Mohammed Idris Energy & Water Minister, Mullah Abdul Latif Mansoor Rural Rehabilitation, Public, Mullah Abdul Manan Omari Mines, Petroleum, & Information, Zabihullah Mujahid Communications, Higher Education, Repatriation, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi
Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is wanted by the FBI, was named Afghanistan's interior minister. The militant group did not include any women in the new interim government, and has been violently cracking down on protests. The Taliban named Sirajuddin Haqqani as interior minister. Haqqani is the head of the Haqqani Network — a US-designated terror group in Pakistan and Afghanistan with close ties to Al Qaeda — and there's a $10 million US bounty on his head. Mullah Yaqoob, son of the late Taliban founder and supreme commander Mullah Omar, has been named minister of defense.
Persons: Sirajuddin Haqqani, who's, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, He's, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Baradar, Trump, Haqqani, Hamid Karzai, Mullah Yaqoob, Mullah Omar, Amir Khan Muttaqi Organizations: Taliban, FBI, Service, Tuesday, UN, Haqqani, US Locations: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Al Qaeda, Kabul, American
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