Taliban minister says international recognition not necessary

PAKTIA, Afghanistan — Sirajuddin Haqqani, Taliban interior minister, said in Paktia province that the lack of recognition from the international community, particularly the United States, is inconsequential as what they have achieved “is more than any external recognition”.

“We expelled them by force,” Haqqani said, referring to American forces. “Why compromise our Afghan zeal? Why become dependent on others? We should utilize the resources God granted us. It’s fine if they don’t recognize us. We have security and freedom. We’ve fostered brotherhood. This is more significant than any external recognition.”

He said they can give 10 years for the United States to prepare for recognition.

In less than 10 days, Doha will host a U.N. Secretary-General meeting with representatives from various countries and organizations on Afghanistan. The meeting will be based on a U.N. assessment examining Afghanistan’s integration, including the Taliban, under global conditions.

Forming an inclusive government with women’s participation is a worldwide condition for increased engagement and normalized relations with the Taliban. However, the U.N. reports no country is ready to recognize the Taliban.

“This is a starting point from the U.N.’s view, leading to short and long-term adverse effects for the Taliban, forcing the international community to take actions allowed by the U.N. Charter,” said Nasrullah Stanakzai, a former Kabul University lecturer.

Contradicting Haqqani’s remarks, the Taliban discussed recognition, sanction removal, and obtaining Afghanistan’s U.N. seat during the Doha talks.

Women activists demand the removal of restrictions on women and the formation of an inclusive political structure before engaging with the Taliban.

“We need a government that represents all Afghan ethnic groups, people, and women, participating fully in decision-making,” said Hamidah Lasani, a women’s rights activist.

The Doha meeting, set for Feb. 18-19, is yet to confirm Taliban participation. It aims to discuss appointing a special envoy for Afghanistan, integrating the country globally, and creating a peace dialogue including all factions, especially the Taliban.