Outgoing ambassador of Pakistan in Kabul Mansoor Ahmad, September 1, 2022. (PHOTO: Screenshot from interview video)

KABUL, Afghanistan – The outgoing ambassador of Pakistan in Kabul Mansoor Ahmad in an interview with TOLOnews Thursday said the key to recognition of the Islamic Emirate leadership is in Afghanistan.

According to the ambassador, such a decision needs to take place through a consensus with neighboring countries, including the international community, urging the group to eradicate the presence of terrorist groups from the country.

“Recognition of Afghan government needs to take place through a consensus, involving Afghanistan’s neighbors, involving Afghanistan’s region, involving the larger international community,” he said.  

“So I think, it is- it is– the thinking in Pakistan, it is the understanding in Pakistan, it is Pakistan’s policy that this—these matters of engagement with Afghanistan move forward through coordination within the region, among the neighbors…,” he added.

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Meanwhile, Ahmad said the formation of an inclusive government, facilitating education, observing human rights and countering terrorism is the responsibility of the current caretakers, clarifying his comments are not an interference to Afghanistan’s internal affairs.

“There is—Afghanistan is a multi-ethnic country. Afghanistan has diverse political forces. How these forces are engaging with each other in terms of having a stable political system. Similarly, there are areas of human rights, girls’ education. There are areas of counter-terrorism,” he elaborated.

“So I think, the Afghan interim government remain engaged within Afghanistan, as well as with the international community on these issues and that is why, I think, that is the process I believe,” Ahmad Khan said.

Ambassador of the European Union for Afghanistan Andreas von Brandt (left) (PHOTO: Ambassador’s twitter)

Last month, Ambassador of the European Union for Afghanistan Andreas Von Brandt, at a meeting in the European Parliament, said there is consensus on non-recognition of the Taliban government in Western world.

According to Brandt, the world is trying to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan, not to the de facto government, exclaiming the consensus of the international community is that the Islamic Emirate should not be given formal recognition.

“We have a very cautious approach…and I think …if there are a few good things at the moment it is, that there is the tremendous consensus on the non-recognition in the entire Western world and I actually don’t see that changing in the near future,” he said, as TOLOnews quoted.

But the so-called Islamic Emirate government has repeatedly defied the international community, saying its leadership has “fulfilled all the promises it made with the United States in the Doha Agreement.”

“The Islamic Emirate does not allow anyone to use the territory of Afghanistan against the United States and its allies,” said Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabihullah Mujahid in a thread. “In addition, IEA is also committed to providing all the Shariah rights of its citizens.”

Reflecting on the overall security of the country, the spokesman said a “peaceful atmosphere” has been created in the country, where women and men could rightfully take part on Afghanistan’s development.

“In Afghanistan, a normal life and peaceful atmosphere has been created for women and men, and the rights of all minorities are maintained,” he said. “Moreover, the system and way of life in Afghanistan are issues related to Afghans.”

Previously the United States and Russia have said that it is still too early to decide whether to recognize the Islamic Emirate until it meets the conditions of the international community, which are focused on humans rights and inclusivity of the Afghan government.

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