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The future appears uncertain for Afghanistan following its takeover by the Taliban as US-led forces withdrew from the country after 20 years of occupation. As other nations continue to evacuate their citizens, the Central Asian country has been struck by political and humanitarian crises.

Taliban Ready to Have Relations With US, Welcomes Participation in Afghan Reconstruction

© AP Photo / Mohammad Anwar DanishyarAug. 12, 2018, photo, Afghan security personnel patrol in the city of Ghazni province west of Kabul, Afghanistan. A Taliban assault on Ghazni, a key city linking areas of Taliban influence barely 75 miles from Kabul, has killed about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers since Friday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said
Aug. 12, 2018, photo, Afghan security personnel patrol in the city of Ghazni province west of Kabul, Afghanistan. A Taliban assault on Ghazni, a key city linking areas of Taliban influence barely 75 miles from Kabul, has killed about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers since Friday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.09.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Taliban* movement is ready to have relations with Washington that serve the interests of both Afghanistan and the United States, and will welcome possible US involvement in the reconstruction of the country, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told Sputnik on 7 September.
"Yes, of course, in a new chapter if America wants to have a relation with us, which could be in the interest of both countries and both peoples, and if they want to participate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, they are welcome", Shaheen said.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) listens to discussion about the American military withdrawal in Afghanistan, during a meeting with House Republicans, including those who served in the military, on August 30, 2021 in Washington, DC. - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.09.2021
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The Taliban will not have any relations with Israel but wants to maintain a dialogue with all of its neighbours, the spokesman continued.
"Of course, we won't have any relation with Israel. We want to have relations with other countries, Israel is not among these countries … We would like to have relations with all the regional countries and neighbouring countries as well as Asian countries", Shaheen added.
The Taliban took over the Afghan capital on 15 August and the US troop withdrawal was completed at the end of last month.
© REUTERS / WANA NEWS AGENCYAn Afghan street vendor and supporter of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan chants in support of the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan September 1, 2021.
An Afghan street vendor and supporter of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan chants in support of the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan September 1, 2021.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.09.2021
An Afghan street vendor and supporter of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan chants in support of the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan September 1, 2021.
On 30 August, the Pentagon announced the completion of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the end of its 20-year mission. The airport in Kabul, from where the evacuation of foreigners and allies was carried out, came under the full control of the Taliban.
In the aftermath of the August takeover of Afghanistan, the international community is hesitant about establishing relations with the Taliban as the governing power in the country. Most Western countries do maintain communication with the radical group, particularly regarding evacuations.
*The Taliban is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and man other nations.
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