The Taliban said they would welcome good diplomatic relations with the worldImage: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images
Taliban say US defeat 'big lesson' for invaders
August 31, 2021
While declaring victory after the US military left Kabul, the Taliban said they wanted good relations with the US and the rest of the world.
The Taliban celebrated the departure of Western "occupiers" on Tuesday, hours after the last US plane left Afghanistan, but also said they wanted to have good diplomatic relations with the United States and the rest of the world.
The final departure of the US evacuation marked the end of 20 years of military intervention.
"Congratulations to Afghanistan ... this victory belongs to us all," said Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid at a press conference held from the Kabul airport runway.
"We want to have good relations with the US and the world. We welcome good diplomatic relations with them all," he added.
'Big lesson for other invaders'
The Taliban now hold full control of Hamid Karzai International, and their vehicles raced back and forth along its sole runway on the northern military side of the airfield.
Taliban leaders later symbolically walked across the runway.
American defeat in Afghanistan is a "big lesson for other invaders and for our future generation," Mujahid said. "It is also a lesson for the world."
Mohammad Naeem, a spokesperson for the Taliban's political office in Qatar, expressed a similar sentiment in a video posted online.
"Thank God all the occupiers have left our country completely," he said early Tuesday.
"This victory was given to us by God. It was due to 20 years of sacrifice by the mujahedeen and its leaders. Many mujahedeen sacrificed their lives," Naeem said, referring to Taliban fighters.