The Taliban in Afghanistan claims that the US is preventing the Islamist group’s new government in Kabul from receiving international recognition.

Following the end of almost 20 years of US-led foreign military intervention in Afghanistan, the battle-scarred South Asian country, the Islamist insurgent group seized control August last year and formed a male-dominant interim government.

When questioned if his group’s actions or any country were to blame for the delay in gaining legitimacy, the senior Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid replied, “In terms of foreign country recognition, I believe the United States is the biggest hurdle.”

Mujahid maintained that the Taliban had met “all the prerequisites” for foreign recognition of their administration.

He claimed that all countries, including the United States, must recognize that engaging in political dialogue with the Taliban is in “everyone’s interest.” It would allow the international community to formally discuss “their grievances” with the Taliban.

Zabihullah Mujahid said, “It [America] does not allow other countries to move in this direction and has itself not taken any step on this count either,”.

No government has recognized the Taliban as the legitimate rulers of Afghanistan since they took control of the country ten months ago, owing to the Taliban’s severe treatment of Afghan women and girls.

The Taliban have banned most teenage females from attending secondary school and barred female employees in certain government offices from returning to work, as well as making hijab mandatory and enforcing gender segregation policies.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).