The Taliban, in the light of media reports on US plans to establish US military bases in the region, urged the countries bordering Afghanistan not to host foreign bases. This is stated in the statement sent by Taliban to the RIA Novosti.
In mid-May, The Wall Street Journal reported that the United States was considering options for the deployment of troops withdrawn from Afghanistan in Central Asia or the Middle East. Uzbekistan and Tajikistan were named as preferred options.
In the statement, the Taliban noted that recently various media outlets began to quote "statements that the United States wants to stay in the region after the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan." According to the Taliban, these foreign forces "are the main reason for the insecurity and war in the region."
“We have repeatedly assured that our land will not be used against the safety of others, and we also urge others not to let to use their land and airspace against our country,” the statement said.
The Taliban stressed that otherwise "the responsibility for all the hardships and difficulties will fall on those who make such mistakes."
“We urge neighboring countries not to allow this (the deployment of foreign forces - ed.) to anyone,” the Taliban noted.