Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Mike Waltz call for the recognition of Vice President Amrullah Saleh and politician Ahmad Masood as the leaders of Afghanistan.
Republican lawmakers on Friday called on the Joe Biden administration to recognize Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh and Ahmad Masood, an Afghan politician of Tajik origin, the son and successor of field commander Ahmad Shah Masood, as legitimate representatives of the Afghan administration. This is stated in a statement by Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Mike Waltz.
“After speaking with Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh and representatives of Ahmad Masood, we call on the Biden administration to recognize these leaders as legitimate representatives of the government of Afghanistan. We ask the Biden administration to recognize that the Constitution of Afghanistan remains in force, and the seizure of power by the Afghan Taliban is illegal,” the statement said.
According to Graham and Waltz, Saleh and Masood “preferred to stay” in the country and “fight for the freedom of the Afghan people, speaking out against extremism.” The former vice-president and the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud have taken up positions in the Panjera Valley, providing shelter to Afghans seeking “liberation from the Taliban.”
The lawmakers added that Saleh and Masood would fight against Islamic extremists who plan to attack the West after the coalition leaves the region.
“We call on President Biden to declare the Afghan Taliban a foreign terrorist organization and publicly support the efforts of Congress to support our friends in the Panjshir Valley, who will serve as a bulwark against terror in the region,” the statement said.