The Taliban’s prime minister has called on Muslim nations to be the first to officially recognize its government as aid-dependent Afghanistan faces economic collapse.
“I call on Muslim countries to take the lead and recognize us officially. Then I hope we will be able to develop quickly,” Mohammad Hassan Akhund told a conference in Kabul on Wednesday.
“We don’t want it for the officials. We want it for our public,” he said, adding that the Taliban had fulfilled all necessary conditions by restoring peace and security.
Akhund and other Taliban administration officials made an appeal at the news conference, also attended by United Nations officials, for a loosening of restrictions on money into the country, blaming its growing economic crisis on the freezing of funds.
“Short-term aid is not the solution; we must try to find a way to solve problems fundamentally,” he said.