The Norwegian Chief of Defense says the Taliban’s statements give a glimmer of hope

Eirik KristoffersenPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

The Taliban’s statements about, among other things, amnesty for opponents give a glimmer of hope, but it remains to be seen what they’ll do, Chief of Defense Eirik Kristoffersen believes.

Two days after the Taliban took control of Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid delivered a conciliatory message.

Among other things, he promised that the Taliban are not seeking revenge against those who worked for the previous regime or other countries and foreign military. Everyone will get amnesty, according to the statements at the press conference.

Glimmer of hope

Norway’s Chief of Defense, Eirik Kristoffersen, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that the statements give a glimmer of hope but warned that we must wait to see what the Taliban actually do. 

“There has not always been a connection between what they say and what they do,” he said.

Mujahid clearly advocated convincing the world that the Taliban had changed from the group that brutally ruled Afghanistan in the 1990s. 

He promised that the Taliban would respect women’s rights and that women would be allowed to study and work, but he nevertheless stated that this would be done according to Islamic norms.

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