Taliban still maintain close ties with Al-Qaeda: MoFA


KABUL: Despite the Taliban’s allegations that they want to preserve stability in Afghanistan, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced on Sunday that the terrorist group still maintained close relations with the Pakistani Al Qaeda terrorist organization and other terrorist groups in the region.

In a statement released on Sunday, the ministry stated that the 27th study of the Watchdog Committee of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Al Qaeda, ISIL, and its associated groups indicated that the Taliban had continued its contacts with Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

The statement read that the Taliban’s links to Al Qaeda, ISIS, and some other terrorist organizations remained intact and that the killing of several Al Qaeda leaders, including Husam Abdal Rauf, also known as Abu Muhsen al Masri, in areas under the control of the Taliban was damning evidence to support these allegations.

“The UNSC report also noted threats and coordination between the Pakistani Taliban, regional terrorist groups, and the Islamic Jihad group, a group of 100 militants that operate in Faryab and Kunduz provinces, in areas under the Taliban influence”, the statement added.

Based on the findings, the UN-Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team stated that it found the situation in Afghanistan to be challenging and terrorist-prone.

Meanwhile, MoFA called on international partners to maintain the legitimate role of the Republic against the Taliban and to pressure the organization to reduce the ceasefire and aggression.