If non-recognition continues, could become a problem, Taliban to global powers
Taliban said that recognition is the right of the people of Afghanistan. The failure to do so would result in the continuous seizure of Afghan assets and funds at a time when the country is faced with a severe economic and humanitarian crisis.
Since the capture of Kabul by the Taliban in August, no country has formally recognised the Taliban government.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the Deputy Minister of Information and Culture said during a press conference in Kabul that their message to America is, if the un-recognition continues, Afghan problems continue, it is the problem of the region and could turn into a problem for the world. Granting recognition to the current system is the right of Afghans and no one can deprive us of this right nor will it benefit anyone.
He further said, “The reason why the Taliban and US went to war last time was that the two did not have formal diplomatic ties. The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 following September 11, 2001, attacks after the then-Taliban government refused to hand over the chief of Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden.”
Mujahid said that the issues that led to war in the past could be resolved through negotiations and political compromise.
The global community is now being engaged through delegation-level meetings by the Taliban, who are working towards assuring and establishing what they claim to be a changed image and outlook of the group as compared to the past.
Taliban delegations are meeting dignitaries of various countries, including China, while senior foreign officials have visited Kabul recently with an aim to create mutual grounds of understanding towards a more inclusive government structure in Afghanistan.
At the moment, due to non-recognition by the global community, foreign assets worth $10 billion, parked majorly in the US Federal Reserves, have been blocked. Afghanistan has been a country, which primarily banked on foreign aids to run at least 80 percent of its operations, is now reeling into a humanitarian crisis and an economic meltdown.
On the other hand, the global community maintains that the Taliban need to live up to its public pledges of ensuring rights to Afghan women and minorities.
On the issue of female education, Mujahid claimed that “young girls in many Afghan provinces have returned to school and the issue is gradually being resolved across the country.”
[With Inputs from IANS]
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