The Taliban called on the United States and other countries to recognize their government in Afghanistan, saying that failure to do so and continuing to freeze Afghan funds abroad would lead to problems not only for the country but for the world. No country has officially recognized the Taliban government since the insurgents seized control of the country in August, and billions of dollars in Afghan assets and funds abroad have been frozen, even as the country faces severe economic and humanitarian crises.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters at a press conference: “Our message to America is that if the non-recognition continues, then the Afghan problems will continue. It is the problem of the region and it can turn into a problem for the world.” He said the reason why the Taliban and the United States went to war last time was also that there were no formal diplomatic relations between the two sides. Mujahid said.. Those issues that caused the war could have been resolved through negotiations and could have been resolved through a political settlement as well. He added that recognition is the right of the Afghan people.
On the other hand, sources in the Taliban said, that the supreme leader of the movement, Hebatullah Akhundzada, appeared in public in the city of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan in his first public appearance since his appointment in 2016, which is a rare occurrence, which belies rumors of his death. Akhundzada was not seen in public until after the Taliban took control of the country in August, fueling such speculation.
The Taliban government said in a letter that Hebatullah Akhundzada appeared in a large gathering at the famous Dar Al Uloom Al Hakimiya School and spoke for ten minutes to the brave soldiers and students. The government attached its announcement with an audio recording to confirm the information. A local source stated that Mullah Akhund Zada arrived at this Quranic school in Kandahar in a convoy of two cars under very heavy guard, and no picture was allowed to be taken of him.
In this distributed audio recording, Mullah Akhundzadeh’s voice is heard indistinctly as he recites prayers. He also hears his voice as he prays, especially for the souls of the Taliban’s victims, and for the success of its officials, who have been “tested” in their new responsibilities as leaders of Afghanistan since mid-August. (agencies)