Defense Minister: Recognition of Kabul in US’s own interest

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The acting Minister of Defense, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, in an interview with NPR said that the recognition of the current government is in the interest of the United States because there is no other regime to deal with.

“This is obvious,” he said. “There are many countries that are more against America than us, but they recognize them officially,” he said. “There are more countries in the world that pose more danger than Afghanistan to America, but still America recognized them officially. I think that recognition is a positive step toward a bigger change.”

In the interview Mujahid stressed the need for the creation of a constitution in Afghanistan.

The acting Minister of Defense also said that the issue of closed girl’s schools is a serious matter, but some improvements have been made in this regard.

“This is a serious issue for us. There are some development, and hopefully there will be more about it. We have a discussion about these issues, and we are hoping that soon the ground will be prepared for that,” Mujahid added.

Meanwhile, some analysts believe that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has not completed the conditions for recognition which was offered by the international community.

“The countries have made very clear demands and conditions for the recognition of the Taliban. Unfortunately, during this time, no positive steps have been taken to meet their demands. An inclusive government has not been established, girls’ schools are still closed,” said Ghulam Sakhi Ehsani, a university lecturer.

Mujahid also said that there was no help from the US in the fight against Daesh.

“There was no help done by America … against Daesh. And the only big help that the American can do with us against Daesh is that they should stop giving them more attention,” he said.

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