Afghanistan :’We are not giving up hope on peace’

Taliban advance spurs disbelief, and anger, among Afghans

Afghanistan still hopes that a political settlement with the Taliban might be possible, its ambassador to the US has said.

Adela Raz told BBC World News that the government and its people were ready for a political settlement.

“There is no deal yet but we are not giving up hope, we are not giving up hope on peace, we are not giving up hope on prosperity and stability.”

The ambassador said any power-sharing deal would have to ensure equal constitutional rights for men, women and minorities, and a representative democracy.

People are in disbelief about what happened on Thursday. Five more provincial capitals – among them major cities – have fallen to the Taliban.

In Kabul, thousands of people have been arriving, but this is a number that changes by the hour.

They left their homes with very few belongings. These are people, who had homes and jobs, and shops and farms. They just had to leave everything behind and run to safety.

Some of them have taken days to reach Kabul, and these are dangerous journeys – past Taliban checkpoints and active front lines.

This is the last place many of them believe they can go. They say: from here, where else do we run?

They are angry at the government about being left to fend for themselves.

The government says it is going to house them in mosques and provide them with humanitarian relief – but there is not enough for everyone who is coming in.

There’s anger too that the US and UK are evacuating their own citizens and leaving Afghans to their fate.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has been speaking about the situation in Afghanistan this morning.

He told on BBC Breakfast he believed the country was “heading towards a civil war” as the Taliban gain momentum.

Mr Wallace expressed concern that the developments could lead to a rise in poverty and terrorist activities throughout the country.

He described former President Donald Trump’s agreement with the Taliban as a “rotten deal” that potentially undermined the Afghan government.

“We as international partners found it uncomfortable because we had deployed through a US framework…so when they pulled that framework, we had to leave.”Article share tools

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