KABUL, Afghanistan – In a meeting with representatives of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the second deputy prime minister Mullah Abdul Salam Hanafi reaffirmed Afghanistan soil will not be a threat against other countries.
Previously, the Taliban leadership has multiple times exclaimed that Afghanistan is not and will not be used as a threat against any country, including the United States, saying its government has proven that claim since its rule in August 2021.
In a meeting with the OIC secretary-general’s envoy to Afghanistan Tarig Ali Bakheet, the acting defense minister Mawlawi Yaqoob Mujahid emphasized that Kabul adheres to the Doha Agreement.
“In this meeting, the acting minister of defense said that the Islamic Emirate is adhering to the Doha agreement and said that Afghanistan soil will never be used against other countries,” said Enayatullah Khwarazmi, spokesman of the Defense Ministry.
However, the world leaders – including international community – have repeatedly denied that the Taliban leadership has violated Doha agreement, depriving Afghan people of their basic rights, including right to education, work and freedom of expression.
“Islamic countries are concerned about the economic and human situation in Afghanistan, and they want to recognize the Islamic Emirate, but they cannot take this step until girls’ schools are opened,” said Tariq Farhadi, political expert, as TOLOnews quoted.
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In July, the Acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani during his visit to the southeastern province of Khost asked the international community to recognize the Islamic Emirate rule, saying its government has proven not be a threat against any country.
“Based on international principles and our Islamic and national traditions they (the world leaders and international community) should recognize the Islamic Emirate, but if they don’t recognize it, I assure our people that Afghans are not without resolve,” he said, as TOLOnews quoted.
Praising Afghans strength and resistance during the war, Haqqani said people can still fight economic challenges and similar crisis by themselves if the world refuses to provide any resources.
“They (Afghans) have fought for 20 years without foreign resources, and with their faith and zeal, they will fight against the economic situation with the strength of their arms,” he added.
Emphasizing on joint-venture and mutual interest, the Acting Interior Minister said Afghanistan’s relations with the world with benefit both sides, asking on what basis the world will approach Afghan leaders if they won’t recognize their government officially.
“I want to say that it is in their best interest to create diplomatic relations with Afghanistan, they need us and we need them, if tomorrow they need us in any matter, then based on what principles they will talk to me,” he exclaimed.
But the international community – including world leaders – laid down conditions before giving the Taliban a formal identity to lead the Afghanistan republic government: 1- Observe women’s right, 2- observe freedom of speech, 3- never use of Afghan soil as a threat to other countries, including the United States, 4- and form an inclusive government.