Afghan Taliban

The Taliban have tried to back down from their anti-sport reputation in a meeting with the captain of the Afghan national cricket team.

A photo posted on the group’s Arabic-language Twitter account shows political leaders meeting with team captain and batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi.

According to the tweet, participants in the meeting talked about “future programs and ways to improve team performance and quality.”

During their previous rule, from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban imposed heavy restrictions on organized sports.

In recent days, these groups have sought to portray life slowly returning to normal in Afghanistan.

Wever, the Afghanistan Cricket Board currently stated it expects incoming Taliban officers to thwart plans to shape a country wide women’s team. Since the Taliban took over on August 15, there have been international demands for the emergency evacuation of female athletes from Afghanistan.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Moss says G7 leaders need to coordinate evacuation efforts from Kabul airport and consider whether to meet the August 31 deadline set by the United States. Should move forward or not.

Mr Moss told reporters that talks had begun between Germany, the United States, Turkey and the Taliban, with the aim of “facilitating the civil operation at Kabul Airport so that people could be evacuated after August 31.” Coins “.

However, he stressed that the airport would remain open only after August 31 if security could be guaranteed.

Mr Moss noted that the situation at the airport was becoming more chaotic, with an Afghan soldier killed in a shootout between unidentified gunmen, Western security forces and Afghan guards at the northern gate on Monday.

The Taliban had previously ruled out the possibility of more than 31 Western troops remaining, with spokesman Sohail Shaheen warning that there would be “consequences” if the United States delayed withdrawing its forces.

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