KABUL: Iran on Monday strongly condemned the Taliban’s military offensive in Panjshir valley, the last area in Afghanistan being held by resistance forces.
Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, during a press conference, said that news from Panjshir is indeed very worrying. The attack last night is strongly condemned.
He also criticized the Taliban for cutting off food, water and electricity supplies to the region, and urged the group to abide by both international law and its own promises to the Afghan people.
“We would like to inform our friends, and those who might make the strategic error of entering Afghanistan with different intentions, that Afghanistan is not a country which accepts the enemy (or) the aggressor” on its soil, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman added.
The Taliban on Monday had declared victory against anti-Taliban fighters in the Panjshir area.
Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, announced that the group have completely taken control of Panjshir.
“Some of the insurgents and insurgents in the province were defeated and the rest fled. We assure the people of Panjshir Sharif that they will not be discriminated against in any way, they are all our brothers,” he added.
“With this victory and last effort, the rest of the country will be completely out of the war and our country will have a peaceful and prosperous life in an atmosphere of freedom, independence and prosperity. God willing,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, according to sources, former Afghanistan Vice president Amrullah Saleh fled to Tajikistan before the final siege of the Taliban.
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