The spokesman for the Taliban * in Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid, has warned that the non-recognition of the movement as a legitimate authority in the Central Asian country “could become a problem for the world,” as stated during a press conference held this Saturday in Kabul, reports Reuters.
“Our message to the US is that if the lack of recognition continues, the Afghan problems will continue and this problem in the region could become a problem for the world,” he explained, while stressing that it is a right of the Afghan people.
“They caused war”
The official also evoked the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks, and stated that the reason why the Taliban and the North American country went to war then was also because they did not formal diplomatic relations existed between them.
“Those problems that caused the war could have been resolved by means of the negotiation“Mujahid assured,” They could also have been resolved through political compromise, “he added.
To date, no country has formally recognized the rule of the insurgents, who rose to power last August. As the Central Asian country is mired in a severe economic and humanitarian crisis, billions of dollars in Afghan assets and funds abroad have been frozen.
Meetings with senior officials
However, senior officials from some countries have held meetings with leaders of the movement, both in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and abroad. Among the most recent cases, the conversations with countries such as Turkmenistan, China and Pakistan.
With the Turkmen representative, the Taliban discussed the start-up of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline, while with China they discussed the financing by Beijing of transport infrastructure and the possible export of Afghan products to the Asian giant via Pakistan.
On August 15, the Taliban seized Kabul and ended their offensive across Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani resigned his post and left the country. The insurgency’s advances intensified during the last phase of the final withdrawal of the US-led international contingent, which began in April.
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* The Taliban movement, designated as a “terrorist organization” by the UN Security Council, is declared a terrorist group and prohibited in Russia.
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