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Failure to recognise government would lead problems for world: Taliban to US, other countries

Since the rebels seized over the nation in August, no country has publicly recognised the Taliban administration, and billions of dollars in Afghan assets and cash overseas have been blocked, despite the country facing serious economic and humanitarian issues.

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Kabul, First Published Oct 31, 2021, 3:12 PM IST
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The Taliban on Saturday urged the United States and other nations to recognise their government in Afghanistan, warning that failing to do so and the continuous freezing of Afghan finances overseas will cause issues not only for the country but for the entire globe. Since the rebels seized over the nation in August, no country has publicly recognised the Taliban administration, and billions of dollars in Afghan assets and cash overseas have been blocked, despite the country facing serious economic and humanitarian issues.

"Our message to America is that if unrecognition continues, Afghan difficulties remain, it is a regional problem that might become a global problem," Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid told media at a press conference on Saturday. He said that the Taliban and the US went to war last because they did not have proper diplomatic connections. Following the September 11, 2001, attacks, the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 when the then-Taliban government refused to hand up Osama bin Laden, the leader of the terrorist organisation al-Qaeda.

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Mujahid stated that the causes that sparked the conflict might have been resolved via diplomacy as well as a political compromise. He went on to say that acknowledgement was the Afghan people's right. While no nation has recognised the Taliban administration, top diplomats from several countries have met with the movement's leadership in Kabul and elsewhere. Turkmen Foreign Minister Rasit Meredow, who was in Kabul on Saturday, was the most recent visitor. According to Mujahid, the two sides addressed the expeditious completion of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline.

Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, visited Taliban officials in Qatar earlier this week. Mujahid stated on Saturday that China has agreed to finance transportation infrastructure and provide access to Chinese markets for Kabul's products via neighbouring Pakistan. Mujahid also spoke at length about the problems that border crossings, notably those with Pakistan, have been experiencing in recent days, which have resulted in regular closures and protests. The crossings are critical for Afghanistan, which is landlocked. When Pakistan's foreign minister visited Kabul last week, he claimed, meaningful conversations on the issue were in place.

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