Ground Report | New Delhi: Recognize Afghan govt; The Taliban has called on the United States and the international community to recognize their government in Afghanistan because failure to do so and freezing funds abroad would create problems not only for Afghanistan but also for the world.
At a press conference on Saturday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: “Our message to the United States is that if we continue to be recognized, problems in Afghanistan will continue. This is a problem for the region and could be a problem for the whole world.
No country in the world has yet recognized the Taliban government that took control of Kabul in August. On the one hand , there is a severe economic and humanitarian crisis in the country, while on the other hand, billions of dollars of Afghan assets and funds kept abroad have been frozen. (Recognize Afghan govt)
The spokesman added that the last time war broke out between the Taliban and the United States was because there were no formal diplomatic relations between the two. The United States invaded Afghanistan in August 2001 after the 9/11 attacks, when the then- Taliban government refused to extradite al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to the United States.
According to Zabihullah Mujahid: “The issues that led to the war could have been resolved through dialogue and political compromise.” “It is the right of the Afghan people to recognize the government,” he said.
No country has formally recognized the Taliban government, but senior officials from several countries have met with Taliban leaders in Kabul and other cities and discussed other issues. The new Afghan leadership recently met with Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Muradov, who visited Kabul on Saturday. In a tweet, Zabihullah Mujahid said the two sides discussed speeding up work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.
Earlier last week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Taliban officials in Qatar. According to Zabihullah Mujahid, China has promised to fund transport infrastructure in Afghanistan and give Kabul’s exports access to Chinese markets through Pakistan.
He also spoke about the problems at the border crossings, especially the important crossings with Pakistan where there have been blockades and protests in recent days. He said the issue was discussed with the Pakistani foreign minister who visited Kabul last week.