The Afghan Taliban, also known as The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, are joyous over the victory of Dr. Muhammad Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate and now president of Egypt. In a statement released today on Voice of Jihad, the Taliban said that Mursi’s victory is “the strongest blow in the Middle East and the whole world to the American and Zionist expansionism.” For more on how Mursi views Israel, see this article at The Weekly Standard by Thomas Joscelyn. The full Taliban statement is below:
The election committee of Egypt announced Dr. Muhammad Mursi as president in the ongoing election the previous day. Egypt has a pivotal role in the Middle East and the election of Dr. Muhammad Mursi, the candidate of the Ikhwan-ul-Muslimeen [Muslim Brotherhood] as the president is a great change on the Middle Eastern level and generally on the international level which carry the hopes of positive changes for the Islamic Emirate.
The success of the Islamic Government in Egypt is considered to be the strongest blow in the Middle East and the whole world to the American and Zionist expansionism. May the Muslim Nation of Egypt and their newly elected government take good advantage of this important occasion and historical victory in the defense and achievement of the interests of the Islamic Ummah.
Therefore the Islamic Emirate congratulates the Muslim Nation of the brotherly country Egypt and their elected president Dr. Muhammad Mursi on this glorious occasion and presents its best wishes.
The leadership of the Islamic Emirate prays to Allah Almighty that the newly elected government of Egypt serves its nation in the best possible way and on the whole successfully and legitimately defends the Islamic issues on the Muslim world level.
The Islamic Emirate appreciates all those supports rendered to the Afghans by the brotherly country of Egypt during the Russian occupation and similarly thanks from the core of heart the International Al-Azhar University for all those stances condemning the current occupation of the Americans and their atrocities.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.