The Islamic Emirate on Friday reacted to recent remarks of John Bolton, the former National Security Adviser of the United States, who in an interview with Voice of America (VOA) said the Islamic Emirate never intended to form an inclusive government, and there is no reason for any country to recognize the current Afghan government.
Bolton also said that earlier the Taliban was confident that with the US-NATO forces withdrawal, they would be able to take full control of the country.
The Islamic Emirate in reaction to Bolton’s remarks said that he is a war-oriented man, and that his remarks are not true.
“These war-loving figures were in the US government and made the US war last 20 years,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate.
“Today, Afghanistan faces a severe humanitarian crisis, and that is because of the non-recognition. I hope the US and other countries recognize the current government,” said Hamid Azizi Mujaddedi, a university lecturer said.
Meanwhile, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, in an interview on PBS News Hour referred to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and said the US had warned the Taliban about the consequences of a military takeover. He said the US wants to independently monitor the Islamic Emirate’s progress in implementing its promises.
“We talked to the Taliban at great length about the magnitude of Afghanistan’s dependence on foreign aid in the many months up to their takeover on August 15th. They chose a military takeover, I think they knew the consequences, and they made that decision anyway. And unfortunately, the Afghan people are suffering as a result,” PBS News Hour.
The Islamic Emirate has not been recognized by the international community after nearly four months of being in power, with an economic and humanitarian crisis in the making.