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Afghans Will Be Able to Travel Freely in Future, Says Taliban Spokesperson

Members of Taliban forces gesture as they check a vehicle on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan. (File pic/Reuters)

Members of Taliban forces gesture as they check a vehicle on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan. (File pic/Reuters)

The message came as thousands have struggled to get onto the last flights leaving Kabul airport before a deadline for the Western evacuation ends next week.

Afghans with valid documents will be able to travel freely in the future at any time, a senior Taliban official said on Friday in a televised address aimed at calming fears the movement planned harsh restrictions on freedom.

"The Afghan borders will be open and people will be able to travel at any time into and out of Afghanistan," Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, deputy head of the movement's political commission said.

The message came as thousands have struggled to get onto the last flights leaving Kabul airport before a deadline for the Western evacuation ends next week.

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first published:August 27, 2021, 23:07 IST