Taliban launches publicity blitz to reassure world powers and a fearful local population | ABC News

Taliban launches publicity blitz to reassure world powers and a fearful local population | ABC News

the taliban has learned a thing or two in the past 20 years its first news conference since taking kabul was smooth and savvy designed to reassure it i want to assure all those who worked with foreign forces whether civilian military or as interpreters we are granting you all amnesty we don’t want to take revenge we don’t want young people with talent to leave this country ahead of the news conference a few courageous women called for their rights to be respected the taliban says they have nothing to fear god willing in accordance with sharia law we will allow women to work they are an important element of society and we respect them where society needs them they will have an active presence during their last rule also guided by islamic law the taliban stopped women working so many remain skeptical that they’ll stick to their pledge i’ve watched part of the press conference we will need to see what actually happens and i think we will need to see acts uh on the grounds in terms of of promises uh kept evacuation flights have resumed and hamid karzai international airport is under control after the shocking scenes yesterday of desperate afghans clinging to a u.s military plane as it took off the taliban have informed us that they are prepared to provide the safe passage of civilians to the airport and we intend to hold them to that commitment the evacuation effort will be scaled up in the coming days right now we’re looking at one aircraft per hour in and out of hkia we predict that our best effort could look like five thousand to nine thousand passengers departing per day the white house says the u.s stands ready to help its allies we’re now scrambling to get in and get back out again we’ll be eager to work with australia to help get out australian citizens and other individuals who the australians would like to see get out the end point of the operation to exit afghanistan still stands at the end of august what happens then no one will say barbara miller abc news washington you
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