Islamic Emirate Denies Al-Qaeda Presence in Afghanistan

He also said that the US was monitoring the commitments of the Islamic Emirate regarding terrorism.  

The Islamic Emirate denied claims by the former US peace envoy who voiced concerns over the presence of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. 

The US veteran diplomat, Zalmay Khalilzad, made the remarks in an interview with CBS.

“The reports that I have seen indicate that (leader of Al-Qaeda) could be in Afghanistan or adjacent territory, I don’t know whether the Taliban knows it or not,” he said.

He also said that the US was monitoring the commitments of the Islamic Emirate regarding terrorism.

“As I said,  a lack of trust between us and them, that is why it is very important not take their word … in terms of what they say or what they commit to, that is why we are saying that it has to be over the horizon, monitoring of commitment on terrorism,” he added.

But the deputy minister of information and culture Zabiullah Mujahid denied Khalilzad’s remarks.

“No, I don’t see such a danger; someone like that does not exist here and we haven’t received the information on such a level,” he said.

The cutting of ties between the Islamic Emirate and Al-Qaeda was one of the main factors in the talks between the US and the Taliban in Qatar.

Khalilzad, who recently stepped down from his position as the US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation  brokered a deal with the Islamic Emirate on February 29,  2020, which also included the withdrawal of foreign troops as a condition.

Islamic Emirate Denies Al-Qaeda Presence in Afghanistan