Ahmad Massoud, the son of Afghanistan’s national hero Ahmad Shah Massoud, in an interview with France 24 warned that a hasty withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan will have serious consequences.
Massoud said that a hasty withdrawal will push the country toward the verge of a new civil war.
“Regarding the Americans and regarding them leaving Afghanistan and the deal with the Taliban, what I can say is that we want them to have patience, and what we require is patience regarding peace in Afghanistan, we want patience from them, we do not want another rush decision just like the Doha one,” said Massoud.
“With the rush decision, with the premature peace process, Afghanistan is going to fall into ... chaos, violence and civil war,” warned Massoud.
Massoud is currently in Paris where he will participate in the ceremony that honor's his father, Afghan national hero Ahmad Shah Massoud, with a plaque in the city. The honor was decided on by the Paris Council.
He said he favored the proposal set out by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to form a transitional government that will lead the country toward elections. Massoud blasted President Ashraf Ghani's refusal to accept such a government and his counterproposal to hold early elections instead. He claimed Ghani is merely trying to cling to power, and said the president should step down.
Massoud said: "We must talk with [the] Taliban, we must make peace with the Taliban," but he warned that the insurgents must accept core values such as democracy and women’s rights. However, he insisted that "we will not sacrifice the values that we fought for."
Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council of National Reconciliation, former president Hamid Karzai and some other Afghan political leaders are also in Paris to participate in the event.
“It is a good move to boost national unity, it is also a great honor to see the name of an Afghan citizen who was a leader and is recognized as national hero here,” said Mohammad Omar Zakhelwal, former Afghan envoy to Pakistan.
Last month, The Afghan Foreign Ministry expressed appreciation to the Paris Council for honoring Afghanistan's National Hero Ahmad Shah Massoud by naming a square after him. The ministry said the unanimous decision shows the depth of friendly ties between Afghanistan and France.