Several officials from the Islamic Emirate attended gatherings to mark the 33rd anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan.
At the gatherings, held in Kabul, officials called on the world to engage with the Islamic Emirate and to recognize its government in Afghanistan.
“We hope that the aggressor countries will learn something from ... the last 100 years in Afghanistan and not continue their hostility toward our nation," said Ahmadullah Wasiq, head of Afghanistan National Radio and Television (RTA).
“They should allow the Afghans to live in comfort and peace under an Islamic government and follow their wishes,” said Inamullah Samangani, the deputy spokesman of the government.
The participants stressed that Afghanistan has defeated three superpowers during the last 100 years of history.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, stressed the importance of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and the international community. “The country is heading toward peace and the world should engage with Afghanistan, so we urge all countries to step toward diplomatic relations with our country,” said Mujahid.
In 1989, thirty-three years ago today, the former Soviet Union announced its complete withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, ending a nine-year war that claimed the lives of millions of Afghans.