UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that Britain must engage with the current Afghan government to tackle the existing crisis in the country.
He made the remarks in response to a question of a Labor Party member of the the UK parliament, Sarah Champion.
“Afghanistan looks like hell on earth” she said. MP Champion asked Johnson “how and when” will aid that has been pledged by the UK be provided to the people of Afghanistan.
The UK prime minister suggested that his country had no other choice but to engage with the current Afghan government to assist the overcoming of crisis in the war-torn country.
“There is no point in the UK just standing on the sidelines and failing to engage with the Taliban,” he said.
“They may not speak for all Afghans, far from it, but they are some kind of authority – even if a very imperfect authority. The UK must try to engage, for the sake of the people that you're talking about,” Johnson said.
The Islamic Emirate expects the engagement of world countries to lead to the recognition of the current Afghan government.
“We welcome the remarks of the Britain prime minister. The official engagement will definitely make Afghanistan’s relations better with the world. The gates of understanding and negotiations are opened by the Islamic Emirate. If there is any challenge, it can be solved via this path,” said Inamullah Samangani, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
Political analysts are optimistic that the world's engagement with Afghanistan will overcome the existing crisis in the country.
“Unfortunately, the people have been paying the price for everything. If the relations become better, it will be in the interest of Afghanistan. If political pressure is put on Afghanistan, the people will be affected from it,” said Yousuf Amin Zari, a political analyst.
Despite some countries giving the green light to engage in cooperation with the Islamic Emirate, the current Afghan government has yet to be recognized.
S Dep. Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo met with senior Qatari officials in Doha on Friday and discussed their 'shared interest' in meeting the humanitarian needs of the people of Afghanistan.
The US and Qatar reached an agreement earlier that allow Doha to run the US diplomatic efforts in Afghanistan.