Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Islamist militant group told Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik: ‘In a new chapter if America wants to have a relation with us, which could be in the interest of both countries and both peoples, and if they want to participate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, they are welcome.’
But he went on: ‘Of course, we won’t have any relation with Israel. We want to have relations with other countries, Israel is not among these countries.’
This comes a month after Shaheen caused confusion when he gave an interview to Israel’s Kan public broadcaster. Just hours after it aired, the Taliban spokesman tweeted that he had been ‘duped’ into giving it.
‘I do many interviews with journalists every day after the falling of provincial centers of Afghanistan and the capital Kabul to the Islamic Emirate,’ he said.
‘Some journalists maybe masquerading but I haven’t done interview with any one introducing himself he is from an Israeli media.’
On Tuesday, the Taliban’s announced new government after they seized power in mid-August after the Taliban seized power in mid-August.