Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai described the Taliban as "brothers" and said he had "useful meetings" with the country's new rulers and discussed issues facing the country.
Karzai told the BBC that his message to US President Joe Biden was to come and work with the Taliban government. The international community must help Afghans rebuild their country, and the wounds inflicted on all sides must be healed.
Karzai stressed that he strongly opposes US airstrikes in Afghanistan.
It would be wrong for the United States to fly its planes over Afghanistan or bring troops into our territory. We want to be friends with America. Let's be united, but there is a difference between friendship and flying a war plane in our country.
The former president of Afghanistan said that I want all Afghans who have left to return and build the country, this country of yours must be united. We are the children of this land, we should not leave the country, we should stay and build it.
Karzai says he has had good exchanges with the Taliban on current issues in the country.
I had meetings with the Taliban. We had a good exchange, on many issues, including the return of women to work, schools, the national flag, the need for a political process and a government that belongs to all Afghans and that all Afghans see themselves in.
Asked if the Taliban did not see him as their "brother", Karzai said:
But I know. I see the Taliban as our brothers and other Afghans as my brothers. We are the people of a nation.