Taliban declares the war is over in Afghanistan
The Taliban have declared the war in Afghanistan over after its fighters swept into the capital, Kabul, and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed.
Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman and negotiator, told media that the militants would hold talks in the coming days aimed at forming an “open, inclusive Islamic government.”
The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, said he’s “devastated” about developments in Afghanistan and said the cabinet’s national security committee will meet on Monday to review Australian operations out of Kabul.
The Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka has issued a statement with regard to the current situation in Afghanistan and the ongoing efforts to evacuate Sri Lankan nationals in the war-torn country.
The Taliban insists it had no links with the LTTE before or after the defeat of the rebels.
Speaking exclusively to Sri Lankan newspaper, Daily Mirror, Taliban spokesman and international negotiator Suhail Shaheen said that the Taliban is an independent liberation force. “we don’t have any links to the Tamil Tigers. We are an independent liberation force which struggled against foreign occupation for the last 20 years for the liberation of our country, Afghanistan,” Shaheen said.
Shaheen insisted that Buddhist sites in Afghanistan will not be at risk under a Taliban-led administration. “Buddhist sites in Afghanistan are not at risk, I refute any claim in this regard,” he said.