Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesperson, has warned the United States not to interfere in how the group treats women in Afghanistan.
Shaheen said the US should not meddle in the country’s culture, saying the group will like to have a normal relationship with the North American nation, following the militant group’s takeover of Afghanistan.
According to the Taliban “there will be no issue about women’s rights” despite widespread international concerns.
Speaking to Fox News, Shaheen said he opposes western views that “women should have an education without hijab”.
“That is a change of culture,… Our culture… they can receive education with hijab. They can work with hijab”.
When asked about future relations with the U.S., the Taliban spokesman stated:
“We should be focusing how can we work together in a positive and constructive way which is in the best of interest of both sides”.
“There will be no issue about the women’s rights. No problem about their education, their work.
“But we should not be after changing each other’s culture as we are not intending to change your culture, you should not be changing our culture”.
He also described the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan as the closure of one chapter in the country’s history.
“We have closed one chapter. For us it was occupation. We ended that, we were staging resistance,” he added.
“But now it is closed. It is the past. We have to focus on the future that is better for them and for us.”
Shaheen’s comments came after reports emerged that a new interim government will be announced by the Taliban soon.
Reuters quoted a source close to the group as saying that the interim government will consist only of Taliban members, contain 25 ministries and a consultative council of a dozen Muslim scholars.