Madrid / Kabul
The president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, announced this Saturday the beginning of a process of national and international consultations to prevent the complete destabilization of the country in the face of the inexorable taliban advance in the provincial capitals.
Likewise, he assured in a speech to the nation: “The remobilization of our security and defense forces is our number one priority,” says Afp.
The insurgents’ progress on the ground continues. Violent clashes between the Taliban and forces loyal to the Government have broken out in the town of Maidan Shar, just 40 kilometers from Accept, according to the BBC website.
This Friday the insurgents had already taken control of Pul-e-Alam, capital of the province of Loghar, 80 kilometers from the capital of the country.
In addition, heavy fighting is recorded in Mazar-i-Sharif, the main city in the north, still loyal to the government although besieged by the Taliban.
For some time now, the president has completely refused to announce a transitional government in the country and to leave office after new elections, a solution proposed by US diplomats, considering that it would be an unconstitutional act, reports Ep.
In fact, and according to sources from the British newspaper ‘The Independent’, the US Secretary of Defense and State, Lloyd Austin Y Antony Blink, spoke with Ghani by phone to insist that he resign from office and announce the formation of a transitional government to facilitate a ceasefire.
Now, in a speech to the nation, Ghani announces the beginning of “broad consultations within and outside the government, with political leaders and international partners” to “prevent further instability, violence and displacement of my people.”
“Soon I will share the results of these consultations with my people,” said the president in his speech, collected by Tolo News.
US troops begin to arrive.
Meanwhile, the operations of different western countries to evacuate their nationals from Afghanistan have been launched. US troops to provide protection for its embassy personnel have started arriving, according to Reuters. According to the Pentagon, two battalions of the Marines and one of the infantry will arrive in Kabul on Sunday afternoon, adding a total of 3,000 troops.
Washington has begun planning the total closure of your Embassy in the capital of Afghanistan before the advance of the Taliban insurgency in the provincial capitals of the country, as reported by multiple sources close to the procedure to the ‘Politico’ news portal.
The sources consider the closure, not yet announced, as “inevitable”, and have indicated that the remaining personnel in the diplomatic mission have begun to destroy classified documents and electronic equipment. It is also expected the destruction of any document with “American flags that could be misused in propaganda efforts.”
Ghani is criticized by the Taliban, who do not recognize him as a legitimate interlocutor, and by a large part of the population, fed up with the endemic corruption of their government.