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Sources: Taliban leader Mullah Baradar to lead new Afghan government.

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Mullah Baradar, a senior Taliban leader.

KABUL: Mullah Baradar, the leader of the Taliban’s political office, would lead Afghanistan’s new government, at least three Taliban sources announced on Friday.

According to the reports, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai would be appointed to key posts in the government.

Sources say Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of late Taliban founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai would join the government.

An official announcement of the new government will now be made on Saturday, a Taliban spokesman told AFP.

They must transition from insurgents to rulers only days after the US completely withdrawn its soldiers, ending two decades of conflict.

While the West has remained neutral towards the Taliban, there were indications of interaction with the new commanders.

The UN announced it has resumed humanitarian flights between Islamabad, Pakistan, and Mazar-i-Sharif, northern Afghanistan, and Kandahar, southern Afghanistan.

Early Friday, a Taliban spokesman tweeted that China’s foreign ministry had pledged to keep its embassy open and “bolster” connections and humanitarian aid.

Western Union and Moneygram claimed they were restarting money transfers, while Qatar said it was working to restore Kabul’s airport, a lifeline for assistance.

Meanwhile, the British and Italian foreign ministers will visit Afghanistan’s neighbours to examine the situation of refugees fleeing the Taliban.

The new authorities have promised to be more tolerant than their predecessors from 1996 to 2001, who came to power after years of strife — first the 1979 Soviet invasion, then a brutal civil war.

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