The US Department of State’s spokesman Matthew Miller said that Washington understands that the “Taliban continues to seek international recognition, but to get international recognition they have to earn legitimacy.”
Miller made the remarks at a press conference in Washington D.C.
“So I will say with respect to tensions between Iran and Afghanistan, I don’t have any specific comment other than that, obviously, we would be concerned about any increased tensions in the region. With respect to the Taliban, I will just reiterate what we have said for some time and that we encourage the Taliban to stop its crackdown on human rights, to stop its repression of women,” he said. “We understand that the Taliban continues to seek international recognition, but to get international recognition they have to earn legitimacy. And that is very difficult to achieve as long as they continue to suppress their own people, and especially as they continue these horrific attacks on women inside the country.”
But the Islamic Emirate downplayed the US’s concerns about the human rights situation in Afghanistan, saying that human rights are preserved even better than before.
“The Islamic Emirate wants good relations with all of the countries and wants official relations with the countries but on condition that our national interests are not violated for these relations,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
To consider the recognition of the Islamic Emirate, the international community, including the US, made the formation of an inclusive government and upholding human rights as preconditions.
“The formation of an inclusive government, ensuring of freedom of speech and the rights of minorities and rights of women are part of the international norms that need to acknowledged,” said Sayed Noorullah Raghi, an international relations analyst.
“The people of Afghanistan at least see themselves in the government and the women should not be eliminated completely from the full presence of women,” said Sayed Jawad Sijadi, a university instructor.
The Islamic Emirate came to power nearly two years ago, but its government has yet to be recognized by world country.