KABUL, Afghanistan – The acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Amir Khan Muttaqi said he is optimistic about Islamic Emirate relations with the international community, hopping for world recognition amid ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
While the Taliban government seeks formal recognition, world leaders – including international communities – lay down several conditions which the Taliban government has not yet complied since the takeover last August.
Muttaqi believes Kabul’s ties with the world is strengthening and some countries are expected to reopen their embassies in Kabul.
“We have good relations with all the world and our relations are getting better,” he said, as local media quoted. “We hope to have good achievements in the future too.”
The acting foreign minister said the Islamic Emirate maintained formal relation with the world, exclaiming international embassies in Kabul are operational, though no country has yet recognized the group leadership in Afghanistan.
“Our relations are official with the world. Although no one announced our recognition, that is another issue,” he said. “But our embassies are opened in many countries and many countries have their embassies opened in Kabul.”
Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, and Turkmenistan have accredited the Islamic Emirate’s appointed diplomat in recent months, though all had initially refused to recognize the 8-month-old government in Afghanistan.
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Meanwhile, Analysts said for the Taliban government to be recognized, the world leaders look for the group’s “legitimate government” and a “clear” system that assure standard procedures of all governing bodies.
“In order for Afghanistan to be connected with the world and start official activities, the international community and world powers demanded that the Taliban establish a legitimate government and the procedures of governing and that the future government of Afghanistan be clear,” said Javid Sandel, an international relations’ analyst.
Torek Farhadi, a political analyst, said regional countries are biding to provide numerous assistance – including consultative and possibly intelligence presence – in the country without considering a formal recognition of the group as authorized rulers, which would be in the form of formal relations.
“The regional countries want to have a consultative, trade and even intelligence presence in Afghanistan but this doesn’t mean recognition,” he explained.
Taliban takeover last August lead the United States and other Western countries to shutting down their diplomatic posts in Kabul. They, however, have maintained contact with the group to facilitate the flow of humanitarian aids into the country.
The so-called Islamic Emirate must comply with at least for conditions to potentially gain formal recognition: observe the rights or women and rights to education, form an inclusive government, and do not use Afghanistan soul for any attack against regional and international countries.