Taliban spokesman urges US not to interfere in their cultural politics

Mohammad Sohail Shaheen has assured that women in Afghanistan will not feel disadvantaged under the new government

Taliban spokesman urges US not to interfere in their cultural politics

Mohammad Sohail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Qatari Taliban, said on Friday on Fox News television that the United States should not try to change the cultural patterns of the Taliban. Women in Afghanistan under the new government will not feel disadvantaged, he said.

“They will have no problem with education and jobs”, –  Shaheen pointed out, noting that women will have to wear the hijab.

Calls from Western countries to waive the requirement were described by Shaheen as attempts to “change the culture”.

“We should not be trying to change the culture. We are not trying to change your culture and you should not change our culture”, –  Shaheen said. – “We should concentrate on working together in a positive and constructive way, which is in the interest of both sides.”

As U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said earlier Friday, Washington is counting on the new Afghan authorities to honour the commitments they have made. This includes “protecting the basic rights of Afghans, including women and minorities”.

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