Taliban slams upcoming Geneva-based Afghan Fund as "illegal venture", saying external trust set up by Washington to manage $3.5 billion of its seized reserves amounts to usurpation.
The reclusive figure's appearance added symbolic heft to the meeting and to the decisions the group is considering about Afghanistan’s future.
The meeting aimed to address grievances and a variety of other issues, according to Taliban leadership.
The Afghan government is brokering peace talks between Pakistani Taliban and Islamabad in a bid to bring years of fighting to an end.
Border tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan have risen since the Taliban seized power last year, with Islamabad claiming armed groups are carrying out regular attacks from Afghan soil.
Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid has said the group is looking to strengthen relations through diplomacy with all the countries, including European countries and the West in general.
The Taliban's two-month programme aims to distribute more than 60,000 tons of wheat across Afghanistan in exchange for jobs as the country gears up to face a harsh winter.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack which killed at least five civilians in the Afghan capital, but suspicion fell on Daesh terrorists who have stepped up attacks on the Taliban in recent weeks.
The first appointments to the Taliban interim government were announced earlier this month – drawn exclusively from loyalist ranks, with established hardliners in all key posts, despite previous promises of an inclusive administration.
"Final decisions have been taken and we are now working on the technical issues," says Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid after announcing victory in northern Panjshir Valley fighting.
Districts of Khinj and Unabah have been taken from so-called National Resistance Front, a Taliban spokesperson says, giving Afghanistan's new rulers control of four of province's seven districts.
A Taliban spokesman confirmed the incident, saying a car bomb destined for the airport had been destroyed – and that a possible second strike had hit a nearby house.
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