Uzbekistan considers the Taliban as “a reality that must be accepted,” but stresses that it will not recognize them alone. In an event if the recognition happens, Uzbekistan wants a “collective voice and stand”, said Ismatullah Irgashev, the special envoy to the Uzbek President Mirziyoyev.

While in an interview in Tashkent, he stated that his country is “working closely” with the Taliban as Uzbekistan has “long established solid contracts” with Afghanistan.

“Imagine what happens if we don’t engage. … More conflict, another civil war, more blood, poverty, suffering, threats to the neighbors and the international community”, he added.

President Mirziyoyev previously sent a committee to Washington to lobby for increased aid for Afghanistan. Irgashev stated that Tashkent pushed the European Union to recall diplomats in Kabul, and that he hoped the United States will follow suit.

While advocating for further cooperation with the Taliban, Irgashev stated that Tashkent is ready to formal recognition only in agreement with the international community.

The development of a “inclusive” administration, preservation of women’s rights, and efforts to ensure that Afghan land does not become a haven for terrorists are the three prerequisites most Western nations mention for recognizing the Taliban.

According to Irgashev, Taliban officials realize that in order to alleviate their people’s living conditions, they must establish a working partnership with the West. As a result, they are willing to engage on infrastructure projects, and Uzbekistan urges its Western allies to assist them.

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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).