BY SHAHID NAYEEM
Riyadh: The former intelligence chief, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, commented on the recent events in Afghanistan and the Taliban’s control of it after the escape of its former chief Ashraf Ghani.
According to Saudi Media, He stressed, during his interview with CNBC, that he was not surprised by what happened in Afghanistan, citing the reason that the former US President, Donald Trump, made an agreement near the end of his term with the Taliban movement, so it was inevitable that the Afghan government would lose its legitimacy. and the Taliban to become its successor.
He continued: “The thing that really surprised me is how the American withdrawal from Afghanistan took place, and I don’t know what the appropriate word is to describe this situation. Should I say incompetence, indifference, or mismanagement? It was a mixture of all these things, while the American administration had experience.” And more time to prepare for withdrawal.
He expressed his concern that the American weapons with which the Afghan army were armed will fall into the hands of extremist groups such as Al-Qaeda allied with the Taliban, pointing out that Al-Qaeda carried out its first terrorist attack against the Kingdom before any other country in 1995, that is, before they targeted the US embassy in Nairobi. Dar es Salaam, or causing the 9/11 disaster in New York.
Prince Turki Al-Faisal pointed out that the ambassadors of countries close to Afghanistan such as Pakistan, Russia, China and Iran are still in Kabul, and they are also making statements about future relations with the Taliban, adding that what he was most interested in about these statements was that these four countries said they were waiting for the Taliban administration to take any action. critical decisions about engaging with them.
Prince Turki Al-Faisal pointed out that each country has its own interests with Afghanistan, and that one of the Iranian speakers stated – before the fall of the government and when the Taliban were approaching Kabul – that they would be happy to send Afghan militias from Syria to help the government against the Taliban, but the government of “Ashraf Ghani” in Kabul refused These statements were considered interference in its internal affairs.
Prince Turki Al-Faisal added that this position confirms that Iran has some kind of influence in Afghanistan, pointing out that Pakistan was a major supporter of the Taliban movement, and they tried to deal with Ghani’s government, but this did not last long.
There is something going on between these four countries and the Taliban about where they are going in the future.