The Taliban have announced an interim government in Afghanistan, declaring the country an “Islamic Emirate”.
The new government will be led by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the movement’s founders.
The interior minister will be a feared FBI-wanted leader of the Haqqani militant group.
A statement attributed to Taliban Supreme Leader Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada told the government to uphold Sharia law.
According to the statement released in English, the Taliban want “strong and healthy relations with our neighbours and all other countries based on mutual respect and interaction.”
There’s however the caveat that they would respect international laws and treaties “that are not in conflict with Islamic law and the country’s national values”.
The Taliban have previously said they wanted to form an inclusive government. However, all of the cabinet ministers announced on Tuesday are already established Taliban leaders.