February 20, 2024


KABUL: Nations ought to respect the governance and improvement decisions of Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities, its interim Overseas Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi instructed international representatives at a gathering in Kabul on Monday.


Officers from Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan have been current on the assembly, which sought to enhance relations between Afghanistan and its regional neighbors.


In his opening speech, Muttaqi stated “imposed imported fashions” weren’t efficient for Afghanistan and that “alien prescriptions,” together with plans proposed by the UN, had “led to nothing however warfare, instability and occupation.”


“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan respects others’ pursuits, decisions, authorities constructions and improvement fashions and in return expects others to respect Afghanistan’s pursuits and governance and improvement decisions and fashions,” he stated in a press release issued by the Ministry of Overseas Affairs.


“Afghanistan doesn’t search confrontation and controversy with any facet, moderately all the time stresses constructive engagement. Due to this fact, our decisions shall be revered. As an alternative of proposing governance fashions and pointing fingers on the system, it’s higher to have interaction on mutual pursuits.”


The Taliban returned to energy in August 2021 after twenty years of warfare that killed tens of 1000’s of Afghans. Their takeover was adopted by the withdrawal of US troops and the collapse of the Washington-backed authorities led by Ashraf Ghani.


The brand new rulers will not be formally acknowledged by any nation, and most nations closed their embassies in Kabul quickly after the group’s return to energy.


In September, China turned the primary nation to ship an envoy to Afghanistan for the reason that takeover, although Beijing later reiterated its long-standing calls for for the Islamic group to pursue “reasonable and prudent” insurance policies with a view to acquire formal recognition, amongst different issues.


An impartial evaluation commissioned by the UN final 12 months confirmed that recognition of the Taliban authorities was linked to compliance with Afghanistan’s worldwide treaty obligations and commitments, which require it to instantly take away sweeping curbs on girls’s rights to schooling and employment alternatives that have been launched by the brand new rulers.


Muttaqi stated on Monday that regional cooperation ought to embody “respecting each other’s decisions of indigenous and conventional improvement fashions.”


He additionally known as for the elimination of sanctions on Afghanistan, which have been imposed after the Taliban’s return and led to a worsening financial and humanitarian disaster within the war-torn nation.


“We imagine Afghanistan and the area’s financial progress and improvement share a constant relation. This financial dependency requires additional enhancement of joint work within the area,” he stated.


Faiz Mohammad Zaland, an assistant professor of public administration and coverage at Kabul College, stated the Taliban’s engagement with international nations was useful to “immediately join” Afghanistan with the world.


“It’s going to additionally assist us to realize worldwide belief,” he instructed Arab Information.


Abdul Waheed Waheed, a global relations knowledgeable primarily based within the Afghan capital, stated Monday’s assembly was a chance for Afghanistan to hunt “assist and help” to be formally acknowledged by the worldwide neighborhood.


“The primary purpose of Afghanistan on this regional assembly could be to advertise peace, stability and improvement within the area. It’s going to additionally goal to strengthen its relationships with neighboring and regional nations and search their assist in addressing widespread challenges,” he stated.