The Taliban’s caretaker prime minister, Mohammad Hassan Akhund, on Wednesday called on Muslim nations to be the first to officially recognize the administration that seized power in Afghanistan in August.
With no country yet to recognize the Taliban as a government, nations want to see how the terrorist group – notorious for human rights abuses during its first term in power between 1996 and 2001 – will rule this time. Will do
Although the group has promised a softer brand of governance, women are largely excluded from government employment, and secondary schools for girls have remained mostly closed.
“I call on Muslim countries to take the lead and recognize us officially,” Akhund told a conference in Kabul to address the country’s massive economic crisis. Then I hope that we will be able to develop rapidly. “
“We don’t want anyone’s help. We don’t want it for officials,” Akhund said, citing diplomatic recognition.
“We want it for our people,” he said, adding that the Taliban have met all the necessary conditions by restoring peace and security.
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Aid-dependent Afghanistan is in the grip of a humanitarian disaster that was worsened by the Taliban takeover in August – when Western countries blocked access to international aid and assets held abroad.
Jobs are gone, and many government workers have not been paid for months in a country that relied almost entirely on foreign aid under the previous US-backed government.
The United Nations has warned that half the population is at risk of food shortages.
The nations are faced with the delicate task of providing aid to the stricken economy without moving the regime, many members of which the Taliban call their interim government – which includes Akhund – on an international sanctions list.
The Taliban leader was a close aide and political advisor to Mullah Omar, the movement’s founder and its first supreme leader.
Last month, a special meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) refused to formally recognize the government, and the new regime’s acting foreign minister was left out of an official photo taken during the event.
The OIC, however, pledged to work with the United Nations to attempt to unlock hundreds of millions of dollars in frozen Afghan assets.
It also urged the rulers of Afghanistan to abide by international obligations regarding women’s rights.
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were the only three countries that recognized the previous Taliban government.
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