Britain’s announcement that it was ready to work with the Taliban was “like being kicked in the head”, Afghanistan’s first female mayor has said, as the Islamist group consolidates power following British and US troop withdrawals from the country. Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, told told The Telegraph in an interview earlier this week that Britain would work with the Taliban should it enter the Afghan government, provided it “adheres to certain international norms”. Zarifa Ghafari, who works for the ministry of defence in Afghanistan and was formerly the mayor of Maidan Shahr province, said reading the interview “was like being kicked in the head”.

Source : The Telegraph

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