The supreme leader of the Islamic Emirate, Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, reportedly spoke today at a meeting in Kandahar and said he will not let anyone interfere with the current goverment but he is ready to engage with the international community within a Sharia framework.
A high-level gathering of around 2,500 participants including Islamic clerics, civil society activists, Islamic Emirate officials and officials of the former Afghan government was held on Thursday in Kandahar.
There was no media coverage during the speech of the Islamic Emirate’s leader.
Meanwhile, the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi, said that the Islamic Emirate has represented Afghanistan in a "better way" around the world.
“No one should test the Afghans. Let these poor and proud people live happily,” he said.
Muttaqi said that the Islamic Emirate wants good relations with all countries, but relations after 20 years of war with some countries cannot be expected to be normalized quickly.
“Afghanistan will not be the ground for the conflict of world powers, and the Afghan soil will not be used against anyone,” he added.
“There is no land in the country which is not under the control of the Islamic Emirate,” said the acting Minister of Vice and Virtue, Mohammad Khalid Hanafi.
“All of the girls are your girls. The facilitation of education for them is the wish of all Afghans,” said Abdul Samad Madani, a trader.
The gathering is the second largest to be held since the Islamic Emirate came to power, after the meeting of clerics in Kabul.