Taliban cancel inauguration ceremony slated for 9/11 after pressure from allies


The new Interim government of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan (IEA) led by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund has canceled the inauguration ceremony after being pressurized against it by allies, Russia’s TASS news agency reported Friday.

Media Reports stated the inauguration ceremony was slated to be held on September 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Taliban cancel  inauguration ceremony slated for 9/11 after pressure
Taliban delegation headed by Abdul Ghani Baradar Photo credit: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

“The inauguration ceremony of the new Afghan government was canceled a few days ago. In order not to confuse people further, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate announced the part of the Cabinet, and it has already started to work,” Inamullah Samangani, a member of the Afghan government’s cultural commission, said on Twitter.

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India Today reported the Taliban had invited Russia, Iran, China, Qatar, and Pakistan to the inaugural ceremony. but, Moscow reportedly informed Qatar, the go-between for Western nations and the new Kabul government, that it would not participate in the inauguration event if it’s held on the anniversary of 9/11.

Also, the news outlet reported that the US and its Nato allies were pressurizing the Qatari government to advise the Taliban against holding an inauguration celebration altogether, as it would come off as “inhuman”.

The event may have further jeopardized its effort to be recognized by the world, as it seek international recognition and have called on the countries to reopen their embassies in the war-torn nation.

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The Taliban on Tuesday announced an interim government in Afghanistan, including key ministerial figures. Despite their assurances of an inclusive government, the new cabinet is all-male and will govern as per the Taliban’s harsh interpretation of Sharia Law.


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