Taliban PM says all conditions met for official recognition of Afghan govt

Kabul, Jan 19 (EFE).- The Taliban Wednesday urged foreign powers, especially the Islamic world, to recognize the Afghan government since they had met all the conditions to earn global legitimacy.

The acting Prime Minister Mullah Hassan Akhund blamed the global apathy for the back-breaking economic crisis as foreign governments had not done enough to make the Afghan economy sustainable in the last two decades.

“The Islamic Emirate has completed all the conditions for recognition,” he Akhund said, asking foreign governments, especially the Islamic countries, to recognize them.

The Islamist leader addressed a major economic conference, the first in Kabul since the Taliban seized power in August of last year.

Foreign governments and institutions have refused to recognize the Taliban government that seized power in Kabul on Aug.15 last year after the western-backed administration of President Ashraf Ghani fled the capital.

The global powers led by the United States have frozen billions of dollars worth of Afghan banking assets and blocked development funding that formed the backbone of

the Afghan economy.

Akhund criticized the Afghan dependence on foreign aid and said the international community, in the last 20 years, did not provide the fundamental assistance for a sustainable economy in Afghanistan.

Deputy Prime Minister Malavi Abdul Salam Hanafi said the international assistance to Afghanistan had been politically motivated that had stopped abruptly with the change of government in Kabul.

Hanafi said that 75 percent of the spending of the previous governments was funded externally, the funding was conditioned, and “the condition was often political.”

The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, argued that the international community needs to see that women and girls participate in society to recognize the Taliban government.

The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons said that the international communities wanted the participation of women in the policy and decision-making process of the government.

Lyons said the participation of women in economic activities was very important, and the international community wanted them to participate in economic activities.

She noted that international aid and assistance should be increased to help the country fight the economic crisis.

She said the UN was discussing with donors the issues related to frozen assets, revitalizing Afghanistan’s economy, and fundamentally addressing economic problems. EFE


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