IN QUOTES | World leaders react to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

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Following are some of the latest reactions to the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Naeem

"We ask all countries and entities to sit with us to settle any issues," he told Al Jazeera TV. "We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people.

"We do not think that foreign forces will repeat their failed experience in Afghanistan once again."

EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell

"Afghanistan stands at a crossroad. Security and wellbeing of its citizens, as well as international security, are at play," he said, convening EU foreign ministers.

Qatar Foreign Minister Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

"There is international concern about the fast pace of developments and Qatar is doing its utmost to bring a peaceful transition, especially after the vacuum that happened."

British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

"I acknowledge that the Taliban are in control of the country," he told Sky News. "I mean, you don't have to be a political scientist to spot that's where we're at. 

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN-AUGUST 16: Thousands of Afghans
Thousands of Afghans rush to the Hamid Karzai International Airport as they try to flee the Afghan capital of Kabul.

"That's not on the cards, that we're going to go back."

"The proof of the pudding will be obviously in their (Taliban's) actions rather than their rhetoric."

Somalia's Al Shabab insurgents

"Allahu Akbar (God is greatest), congratulations," al Shabaab's radio station said on Facebook. "The U.S. and other hundreds of thousands of foreign forces fled the country. The 20-year jihad (struggle) has become reality."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

"This topic will keep us busy for a very long time," she said, according to sources in her party, referring to evacuations and those fleeing Afghanistan.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

"As a partner committed for many years to helping Afghanistan build its future, we are deeply concerned at the potential for further loss of life and suffering. The Taliban will be held fully accountable for any killing or other mistreatment of Afghan military and other security forces who have surrendered or been captured."

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

"I would just again implore those who made these moves in recent days to acknowledge what the international community has called for - human rights and the safety of their people.

"What we want to see is women and girls being able to access work and education. These are things that have traditionally not been available to them where there has been governance by Taliban.

"The whole world is watching. Taliban is making claims about the type of administration they wish to be. We would implore them to allow people to leave safely.

"It's not a matter of trust - it's going to be all about the actions, not the words."

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