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Ex-Afghan PM announces unconditional support for Taliban government

Former Afghan prime minister and leader of the Afghan Islamic Party, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, in Islamabad, Pakistan on 21 October 2020 [AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images]
Former Afghan prime minister and leader of the Afghan Islamic Party, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, in Islamabad, Pakistan on 21 October 2020 [AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images]

Former Afghan prime minister and leader of the Afghan Islamic Party, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, announced his unconditional support for the upcoming Taliban government, adding that he expects the new governance system to be announced by the end of the week.

In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Hekmatyar said in order for the Taliban government to succeed, competent people must be assigned, adding that he does not intend to take a position in the government or become a partner with it.

Hekmatyar stressed that Turkey is one of Afghanistan's best friends, pointing to the brotherly and trusting relations between the peoples of the two countries.

He said that the international community is working to prevent the establishment of a new government in Afghanistan or to appoint a government close to it and called on the world to respect the Afghan people's will and recognise their next government.

Asked about the extent of the danger posed by Daesh in Afghanistan, Hekmatyar said despite propaganda aiming to show that Daesh is a threat, it is not.

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