DG ISI arrives in Kabul to meet Taliban leadership
KABUL: Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid on Saturday arrived in Kabul to meet Taliban leadership on their invitation.
A senior journalist of Pakistan Kamran Khan in a tweet said, “Faiz Hamid arrived Kabul this morning leading delegation of senior Pakistani officials. Gen Faiz is the highest ranking foreign official to reach Kabul on invitation of Taliban Shura.”
He said the ISI chief would discuss issues related to immediate future of economic and trade ties between Pakistan and Taliban as well as security challenges with Taliban leadership.
The ISI director general is reportedly staying at Kabul Serena Hotel.
It should be noted that the announcement of the new Afghan government by the Taliban has been postponed which is likely to happen next week. Whereas, the assistant spokesman of the Afghan Taliban Bilal Karimi said that the announcement of the new government would be made soon and there would be no delay.
Recently, Taliban held diplomatic meetings with Britain, Germany and China.
Deputy Director of Taliban political office Abdul Salam Hanafi held a telephone conversation with Deputy Foreign Minister of China Wu Jianghao and discussed the ongoing situation of the country and future relations.
Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen had said China would maintain its embassy in Kabul and their relations would beef up as compared to the past. “Afghanistan can play an important role in security and development of the region. (While) China will also continue and increase its humanitarian assistance especially for treatment of covid-19,” he had tweeted.
As Taliban hold different meetings, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had told reporters in Ankara that security and other conditions would need to be met for commercial flights at Kabul airport.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had said Germany was ready to resume a diplomatic presence in Kabul if the Taliban met certain conditions.