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Afghanistan - PM Akhund makes pitch for recognition of Taliban govt


(MENAFN- Pajhwok Afghan News)

KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Taliban leader on Wednesday once again asked foreign governments to formally recognise Afghanistan's new administration.

Acting Prime Minister Mullah Hasan Akhund, addressing Afghanistan's Economic Conference in Kabul, claimed the Taliban had met all conditions for recognition

He asked all governments around the globe, particularly Muslim countries, to start recognising the Taliban administration.

He alleged the US move to freeze Afghanistan's assets and impose economic sanctions contributed to the crisis faced by the Afghans.

The countries masquerading as defenders of human rights had pushed the people of Afghanistan to the brink of the worst humanitarian crisis by freezing their assets, the prime minister added.

He opined humanitarian aid and other short-term measures could not resolve the problems of the Afghans, as shown by experience over the past 20 years.

“Under the current administration, corruption has eradicated. Justice and security has been ensured.

“We hoped the countries that were not part of Afghanistan's occupation will complement us. But unfortunately, they did not heal our wounds and instead rubbed salt into them.”

He hoped if international community removed hurdles to its progress, Afghanistan's economy would improve on the strength of the country's vast natural resources.

“Islamic Emirate officials need no assistance; we don't want international assistance for ourselves but for our people. We need help to support our people,” said Mullah Akhund.

“There are good investment opportunities in Afghanistan. But in the absence of international recognition of our government, investors don't want to invest here.

“The Islamic Emirate fulfilled all conditions for its recognition. The world lent all-out support to the corrupt government of Ashraf Ghani,” he continued.

“But nut now that we have brought security and peace, the international community is reluctant to recognise us. Even Islamic countries can't dare to recognise us.”

Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salaam Hanafi said development funds had been politicised during the past government to the extent that after the regime change, everything had stopped.

“Economic sanctions on us have caused millions of children to face malnutrition. Change always brings in positive things and now is the time to get maximum advantage of new opportunities.”

Hanafi said the Afghan government was committed to ensuring the security and safety of aid agencies.

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