The Taliban say failure to recognize their government could have global consequences

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks at a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 6, 2021. REUTERS / Stringer

KABUL, October 30 (Reuters) – The Taliban on Saturday called on the United States and other countries to recognize their government in Afghanistan, saying that failure to do so and the continued freezing of Afghan funds abroad would lead to problems not only for the country. , but for the world.

No country has formally recognized the Taliban government since the rebels took over the country in August, while billions of dollars in Afghan assets and funds abroad have also been frozen, even though the country is facing severe economic and humanitarian crises.

“Our message to America is that if the recognition continues, Afghan problems continue, it is the region’s problem and could become a problem for the world,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters at a news conference on Saturday.

He said the reason the Taliban and the United States went to war last time was also that the two did not have formal diplomatic ties.

The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks, after the then Taliban government refused to extradite al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

“The problems that caused the war, they could have been solved through negotiations, they could also have been solved through political compromise,” Mujahid said.

He added that recognition was the right of the Afghan people.

Although no country has recognized the Taliban government, senior officials from a number of countries have met with the movement’s leadership both in Kabul and abroad.

The most recent visit was by Turkmen Foreign Minister Rasit Meredow, who was in Kabul on Saturday. The two sides discussed the rapid implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, Mujahid said earlier on Twitter.

China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, met with Taliban officials in Qatar earlier this week. Mujahid said on Saturday that China had promised to fund transportation infrastructure and give Kabul’s exports access to Chinese markets via neighboring Pakistan.

Mujahid also spoke at length about the problems facing border crossings, especially with Pakistan, which has experienced frequent closures and protests in recent days. The crossings are crucial for inland Afghanistan.

He said serious talks were being held on the matter when Pakistan’s foreign minister traveled to Kabul last week.

Reporting by Gibran Peshimam and Islamabad Newsroom Editing by Frances Kerry

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