File Photo: Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani meeting with Afghanistan s new Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund in Kabul, on September 12, 2021. AFP
Hassan's audio speech broadcast on state television -- his first address to the nation since the Taliban seized power in August -- came ahead of next week's meeting between the United States and the Taliban in Doha.
"We assure all the countries that we will not interfere in their internal affairs and we want to have good economic relations with them," said Hassan in a nearly 30-minute speech that came amid criticism on social media for remaining silent since the Islamists took power, even as the nation faced severe challenges.
"We are drowned in our problems and we are trying to get the strength to bring our people out of miseries and hardships with God's help."
The Taliban seized power on August 15 after ousting the previous US-backed government, as Washington hurriedly withdrew its troops from the country after a 20-year war.