At a meeting in Turkey, a number of political leaders who have been in exile from Afghanistan when the Taliban reclaimed power agreed to form the Supreme Council of National Resistance for the Salvation of Afghanistan.

The meeting took place on Tuesday night, May 17th, at Abdul Rashid Dostum’s Ankara residence, the leader of Afghanistan’s National Islamic Movement.

Participants included Abdul Rashid Dostum, Mohammad Mohaqiq, Abdurrab Rasoul Sayyaf, Atta Mohammad Noor, Mir Rahman Rahmani, Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, representatives of Salahuddin Rabbani and Ismail Khan, and others.

The declaration called armed resistance against the Taliban in Panjshir, Baghlan, Takhar, Badakhshan, Parwan, Kapisa, Samangan, and other parts of the country “legitimate,” and appealed for support for the resistance.

Participants in the meeting stated that the Taliban had “aggressed and killed people” in defiance of all religious principles and humanitarian conventions, and that people had been forced to defend their lives and property in various regions of the country.

Article 2 of the declaration urges the Taliban to refrain from causing further “damage and devastation” in the country and to return to the negotiating table to settle the current issues.

According to the article, the Taliban should be aware that, historically, no group has been able to establish a stable government in Afghanistan through coercion and violence.

The “exclusive and usurper rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan” will result in widespread crisis and turmoil, and this situation will not benefit the neighboring countries or the region. The declaration stated, “Only a united Afghanistan and has a stable democratic system based on justice and equality  can ensure their [neighboring countries’ and region’s] interests.”

The Taliban, on the other hand, has established the Return and Communications with Former Afghan Officials and Political Figures Commission.

Inamullahullah Samangani, a Taliban spokesperson, told the BBC’s Khalil Noori that the Communication Commission set up to organize an Afghan conference had finished contacting political figures and that some of them had made commitments to attend, albeit he did not name the attendees.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).