WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Taliban on Wednesday welcomed US President Barack Obama's order to close Guantanamo but said peace would only come if he reverses the "satanic policies" of his predecessor, George W Bush. In a message posted on online jihadist forums, the Taliban also called on Obama to close all "evil" US detention centres for militants, "completely withdraw" from Iraq and Afghanistan and "stop defending Israel." "Obama's move to close Guantanamo detention centre is a positive step for peace and stability in the region and the world," said the message, a copy of which was obtained from the US-based monitor, the SITE Intelligence Group. The message also mentioned Obama's appointment of "peace envoys": Richard Holbrooke as envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and George Mitchell as Middle East envoy. Obama signed executive orders in his first week in office to ban torture, shut secret overseas CIA detention centres and close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where some 245 detainees are still held. The Guantanamo prison camp was established in 2002 as a means to hold detainees beyond the reach of US courts. The US also holds approximately 600 detainees at the US air base in Bagram, Afghanistan, the fate of which Obama has not yet decreed. "If Barack Obama sincerely wants real stability and peace in the world, he should not only close Guantanamo. Rather, he should void all those evil projects established in the light of Bush's satanic perspective of instability in the world," the Taliban message said. Monday, Obama told the Muslim world that "Americans are not your enemy" in his first formal interview as president. "We are going to follow through on many of my commitments to do a more effective job of reaching out, listening as well as speaking to the Muslim world," he said in the interview with Al-Arabiya, a pan-Arab and Saudi-owned satellite television network. "If Obama is right and, according to his words, wants to open a new page based on peaceful interaction built on mutual respect with the Islamic world, the first thing he has to do is to stop and annul all these (Middle East policy) procedures, which were created according to Bush's criminal policy," the Taliban message said. "He must completely withdraw all his forces from the two occupied Islamic countries (Afghanistan and Iraq), and to stop defending Israel against Islamic interest in the Middle East and the entire world." The Taliban issued a stern warning to Obama should he not heed their advice. "It is imperative that Obama, before he gets hit with the same fate as the Communist empire, must find potential ways to carry a message of peace and stability to the world," the message said. The Soviet Union left Afghanistan in defeat in 1989 after a war that lasted more than nine years. "Through this, he can also protect his people and his administration from the danger of elimination and decline."