Deputy minister of Information and Culture says the issues that led to war in the past could be resolved through negotiations and political compromise
Taliban members guard an entrance gate of the Panjwai district police headquarters in Kandahar province
The Taliban have called on the US and other global powers not to waste time in recognising their government in Afghanistan, warning that failure to do so would have major problems and consequences not only for the country, but the world at large.
“Our 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,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, the deputy minister of Information and Culture, during a press conference in Kabul.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid addresses a press conference at government media and information centre in Kabul. Pics/AFP
“The reason why the Taliban and US went to war last time was because the two did not have formal diplomatic ties. The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 following the September 11, 2001, attacks after the then-Taliban government refused to hand over chief the 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. “Recognition was the right of the people of Afghanistan,” he said, adding that the failure to do so would result in continuous seizure of Afghan assets and funds at a time when the country is faced with severe economic and humanitarian crisis.
Since the fall of Afghanistan in August, no country has formally recognised the Taliban government. The global community is now being engaged through delegation-level meeting 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.
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