The Taliban called on the United States and other countries to recognise their government in Afghanistan, saying that a failure to do so and the continued freezing of Afghan funds abroad would lead to problems not only for the country but for the world. This is reported by Reuters.
No country has formally recognised the Taliban government since the insurgents took over the country in August, while billions of dollars in Afghan assets and funds abroad have also been frozen, even as the country faces severe economic and humanitarian crises.
"Our message to America is, if unrecognition continues, Afghan problems continue, it is the problem of the region and could turn into a problem for the world," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told journalists at a news conference.
He said the reason the Taliban and the United States went to war last time was also because the two did not have formal diplomatic ties.
"Those issues which caused the war, they could have been solved through negotiation, they could have been solved through political compromise too," Mujahid said.
He added that recognition was the right of the Afghan people.
While no country has recognised the Taliban government, senior officials from a number of countries have met with the movement's leadership both in Kabul and abroad.