With the exit of American troops from Afghanistan and Taliban forming the Cabinet, senior leader of the outfit Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai said it wants to maintain trade, economic and political relations with India.
He described India as an important country in the region.
While addressing a conference in Pashto, Stanekzai said consultations with various groups and political parties are going on to form a government in Kabul that will have representations from people from different walks of life.
“India is very important for the region and we want trade and economic relations with it. We expect the relationship will continue like before,” said Stanekzai in a video message.
He is the first senior leader of the outfit to make a statement on relations with other countries since they captured power in Kabul on August 15.
However, South Block has maintained a studied silence in response to the comments from the Taliban leader.