The Taliban announced an amnesty for officials from the former government

Taliban fighters announced a general amnesty for former Afghan government officials on Aug. 17 and called for the reopening of government offices.

“A general amnesty has been declared for everyone <...> so you should return to your normal lives with full confidence,” the Taliban said in a statement quoted by AFP.

On Monday, the U.N. Security Council also called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the creation of a new inclusive government in Afghanistan. The latter implies full, equal and meaningful participation of women.

On Aug. 15, Taliban fighters entered Kabul and then declared the “end of the war” in Afghanistan, calling it the “liberation” of the country. They hoisted a flag over the presidential palace in Kabul. During the negotiations, the Taliban declared their unwillingness to form a coalition government. The type and form of government will be decided in the near future.

Representatives of the radical movement also said they would soon announce the formation of an Islamic emirate of Afghanistan, and demanded the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigned on August 15 and left the country. He called his decision a way to “avoid a massacre.”