Afghanistan acting PM calls on ex-officials to return
The head of Afghanistan's new Taliban government called on Wednesday for former officials to return to the country.
Caretaker Prime Minister Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund told Al-Jazeera that the Taliban would "guarantee" the safety of officials who fled when the militant group seized power of Afghanistan last month.
The government would make sure diplomats and aid groups working in Afghanistan would be protected, Akhund said.
The caretaker government Akhund heads was announced on Tuesday. The cabinet is made up exclusively of members of the Taliban, and there are no women.
Thirty of the cabinet's 33 members are from Afghanistan's ethnic majority, the Pashtun.
The European Union, the United Nations, and the Afghan opposition have been critical of its homogenous make-up.
The deposed Afghan government's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that it rejected the Taliban cabinet.
The guarantee of safety for officials from Afghanistan's US-backed former government are a reiteration of promises made by the Taliban when they took power in mid-August.