Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced that the movement closed the road leading to Kabul airport, noting, “We only allow foreign individuals to pass.”
He said, “What we are witnessing at Kabul airport is a painful thing, and the Americans should not urge the Afghans to leave the country,” calling on the individuals gathered near the airport to return to their homes, and “we pledge to maintain their security.”
He added, “We assure the Afghan translators that we will preserve them and call on them not to leave, and we also call on workers in the health, education and traffic sectors to return to their work and provide services,” stressing, “We do not want foreign embassies to stop working or to close their doors, and we guarantee them to maintain their security.”
He declared that the “Taliban” does not have a “revenge” list of the names of the targeted people, and said: “We have forgotten the past and announced an amnesty for everyone, and we will not interrogate any opponent.”
He stressed that the movement did not agree to extend the evacuation period, and “we want the evacuation of foreigners to be completed by August 31,” noting that “we are working on a better restructuring of the army and police and the return of former officials.