US Concerned By New Taliban Government

The US says it is concerned after the Taliban unveiled Afghanistan’s new all-male government with figures linked to attacks on American forces.

The interim cabinet is led by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, who is on a UN blacklist. Another figure, SirajuddinHaqqani, is wanted by the FBI.

The Islamist group seized control of Afghanistan in a sweeping offensive more than three weeks ago.Women-led demonstrations have been held against the Islamists since then.

The militants deny using violence against them, but their government faces many tough challenges in the conflict-torn country, including stabilising the economy and gaining international recognition.

The US state department says they note the announced list of names consists exclusively of individuals who are members of the Taliban or their close associates and no women.It added that America would “judge the Taliban by its actions, not words”.

Also Washington would “continue to hold the Taliban to their commitments” to allow safe passage for foreign nationals and Afghans with travel documents, “including permitting flights currently ready to fly out of Afghanistan”.

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