Deputy Chairman of Hamas abroad, Musa Abu Marzouk, said Hamas has congratulated the Taliban on their victory and for liberating Afghanistan from American occupation and colonialism. He made his remarks in an interview that aired on Russia Today TV on August 27, 2021. He said that there is nothing wrong with the Taliban's actions, and added that the Afghan people have chosen the Taliban, and that now, foreign countries must deal with the Afghan people as they wish to be dealt with. Abu Marzouk shared that Hamas officials have met with Taliban leaders in Doha several times in the past. For more information about Musa Abu Marzouk, see MEMRI TV clips Nos. 9008, 8851, 5818, 4492, and 1043.
Musa Abu Marzouk: "The Taliban movement was in power in Afghanistan, and the Americans came, occupied the country, and formed a government.
"A patriotic Afghan movement has now liberated the country, so what’s wrong with supporting it, and congratulating it on this victory? Any form of occupation, in any country, is unacceptable. Occupation is the most severe form of injustice that can be inflicted upon people. So why wouldn’t we want the Afghan people to be liberated from the Americans?
"I believe that it is the duty of all the countries in the world to interact with the Afghans the way the Afghans want to be dealt with, and not the way that the Europeans, the Americans, and NATO want. They should interact with them and not interfere in Afghanistan's internal affairs. The [Afghans] chose the Taliban. They had been fighting the occupation for 20 years, and the Taliban won. What’s wrong with that? As for our congratulations – yes, we congratulate a liberation movement that liberated the country from colonialism.
"Yes, we met with the [Taliban] leaders in Doha, several times, especially after their dialogue with the American side, which led to the withdrawal of the American forces, and for the Americans to hand Afghanistan over to the Taliban."