The National Resistance Front leader, Ahmad Massoud, is among political figures in Vienna. Photo: Reza/Getty Images

Opposition leaders and activists gather in Vienna to discuss resistance against Taliban

A number of Afghan political and civil activists, officials, diplomats, members of parliaments from the previous government, Intellectuals, and journalists will gather in Vienna on Monday to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and plans to overcome the ongoing crisis in the country.

The armed anti-Taliban group National Resistance Front (NRF) announced on Sunday that the event organized in collaboration with the Austrian Institute for International Affairs will feature the participation of about 30 political activists including the leader of NRF, Ahmad Masoud, journalists, diplomats, and former government officials.

According to NRF, the gathering will focus on building trust among anti-Taliban movements and figures, strengthening and broadening resistance for the freedom of Afghanistan, increasing pressure on the Taliban and its supporters, and devising a plan to overcome the ongoing crisis.

According to BBC Persian, the meeting will host figures opposing the Taliban, who will gather from April 24th to 26th in Vienna to discuss “coordinated political actions” against the Taliban.

The first meeting of anti-Taliban figures was held in September 2022, which was also hosted by the Austrian Institute for International Affairs in Vienna and continued for three days.

At the end of the first meeting, the participants issued a joint declaration emphasizing the need to solve Afghanistan’s problems through political dialogues and supporting the resistance of the Afghan people to ensure their “legitimate and rightful demands.”