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Taliban supreme leader makes rare visit to Afghan capital

Hibatullah Akhundzada gave a speech in front of the 34 provincial governors on Thursday at the Interior Ministry, the Taliban website Al Emarah said

By AFP
May 18, 2024
Afghan Taliban Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada. — Reuters/File
Afghan Taliban Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada. — Reuters/File

KABUL: The shadowy supreme leader of the Taliban authorities made a rare visit to Afghanistan´s capital, a government website said on Friday, leaving his reclusive compound in Kandahar to meet with the country´s senior officials.

It comes after a string of small-scale clashes between farmers and Taliban anti-narcotic units tasked with destroying poppy fields, and flash floods that have killed hundreds.

Hibatullah Akhundzada gave a speech in front of the 34 provincial governors on Thursday at the Interior Ministry, the Taliban website Al Emarah said.

The leader emphasised “unity and harmony”, according to a summary of the speech posted to the website on Friday.

“Obedience was highlighted as a divine obligation,” it said, adding that the implementation of Islamic Sharia law and principles “should take precedence over personal interests”.