“Gen. Miller's presence in military ceremonies undercuts Afghan sovereignty”


KABUL: The Taliban insurgent group has taken exception to a senior US military commander’s presence in an Afghan National Army (ANA) ‘s reshuffling ceremony in northern Balkh province, saying the move undermined the Afghan government’s sovereignty. 
In a statement released on Tuesday, the group condemned the NATO and US Forces-Afghanistan commander General Scott Miller’s presence as the highest-ranking military member in a ceremony held at the headquarters of 209th Shaheen Corps to replace the corps’ existing commander with a new one.
According to the statement, the implementation of an essential task in Afghanistan by General Scott Miller brings the ‘Kabul regime’s’ baseless propaganda, as well as its claims of sovereignty and freedom from American influence, on full display.
These ceremonies are usually held in sovereign nations by the Minister of Defense, Chief of Army Staff, or another top military and security officer, such as the National Security Advisor, the statement read. 
However, the head of American forces, General Scott Miller, was the highest-ranking military figure attending the ceremony in Mazar-e-Sharif – purporting as an Afghan defense minister. 
Meanwhile, referring to America constantly condemning the Taliban for failing to reduce aggression after signing the Doha Agreement, it said that the group did not pledge itself to any such undertaking in the Agreement. 
The group once again called the most significant cause of Afghan problems as the foreign occupation, which it said should be brought to an end.