Kabul, Afghanistan – Ismatullah Irgashev, an Uzbek president’s special representative for Afghanistan, says his country is willing to step in for formal recognition of the Taliban government only in concert with the international community.
But he refused Uzbekistan to be the only nation who will recognize the so-called Islamic Emirate as the formal ruler of the war-torn country, which collapsed during a hasty US troops withdrawal last August.
In an interview with Voice of America (VOA), Irgashev said it would be difficult for the new government in Kabul to qualify for international recognition any time soon, adding Tashkent is ready to step forward if the rest of the world decides to honor formal recognition to the group.
“The Taliban don’t want to be isolated. They want international recognition,” he said, as TOLOnews quoted. “We will not recognize them alone. When it happens, we want a collective voice and stand.”
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Last week, the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan in its bid for formal recognition established diplomatic ties with Iranian government, adding up to the list of at least five other countries who have previously accredited the Taliban-appointed diplomats.
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.
While the Islamic Emirate considers the decisions yet another stepping stones toward formal recognition, these countries clarified the move limits within certain “engagement” only – not a formal recognition.
It is known for a fact, the current leaders have constantly persuaded in its bid to gain formal recognition from the United Nations and the world but has repeatedly faced rejection, paralyzing a number of government sectors across the country.
International community, however, lays down at least three conditions that could potentially pave the way for Taliban to be recognized as the formal government of Afghanistan: the formation of an “inclusive” government, protection of the rights of women, and ensuring Afghan soil will not be used as a threat against any other nation.
But the current rulers have repeatedly said they have met the conditions for formal recognition, defying the fact suicide bombings and target killings, including violence against women, have been increasing more recently in Afghanistan.