Taliban leaders preparing to launch new government

Taliban leaders have been preparing to form a new government following the end of the 20-year US operation in Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said the group's leaders held a three-day conference through Tuesday in the southern city of Kandahar. He said the agenda included security improvement and basic policies for governing the country.

Mujahid spoke at a gathering in the capital Kabul to celebrate the withdrawal of US troops on Tuesday.

Local media say he expressed hope that the new government will be endorsed by the international community, including the US, and that it will have good relations with them politically and economically.

He stressed that the new government will guarantee safety for all Afghans.

The Taliban have repeatedly called on the Afghan people for reconciliation, but have yet to build trust. Many of the people who worked for the collapsed government or were employed on foreign governments' projects still want to flee the country.