The acting Minister of Defense, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid said he considers the US an obstacle to the recognition of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
In an interview with Al Arabiya TV, Yaqoob Mujahid said that the Islamic Emirate has met the requirements for recognition but that some countries aren't willing to recognize it because of pressure from the United States.
The acting defense minister asked the Islamic countries to recognize the Islamic Emirate.
"We've completed the requirements that a government should have. There aren't any requirements left to be met so that the world won't recognize us as a result. It might take some time for them to be ready to recognize us, but we ask countries that are not under the pressure of America and can recognize us, to recognize the government of Afghanistan. In particular, we ask the world's powerful Islamic countries to recognize us, and this is in the interest of all the countries,” Yaqoob Mujahid noted.
"The recognition will keep us from being international isolated. Both for security and other purposes, it will be helpful to Afghanistan. 58 Muslim nations will be persuaded to recognize Afghanistan if Saudi Arabia recognizes Afghanistan,” said Aziz Marij, a political analyst.
In the interview, Yaqoob Mujahid denied the cooperation of the Islamic Emirate with the US in destroying the Al-Qaeda network and emphasized that Al-Qaeda is not present in Afghanistan.
"Al-Qaeda doesn't exist in Afghanistan. How can we fight against those who do not exist, do not control any area of Afghanistan, and do not even have a strategy on our country? In my view, what Joe Biden said was in some way an acknowledgment of this truth, but this doesn't show our cooperation with America. We do not need the cooperation of any country,” he said.
"What is the purpose of the economic-political pressure, when the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate officially emphasizes the lack of terrorist groups in Afghanistan and the president of the US admits that these groups are not in Afghanistan?,” said Zalmay Afghanyar, a military analyst.
The acting defense minister once again accused the US of violating the airspace of the country and asked Washington to end the violation of the airspace of Afghanistan.
"It has also been stressed that Afghanistan's independence should be respected, and that no country's land should be used against Afghanistan, yet the US violates this principle. We ask the US to halt it because we lack the capability to respond to it and lack the equipment fight against these drones. We not only condemn this act, but also consider it as occupation of Afghan airspace," Yaqoob Mujahid added.
Yaqoob Mujahid stressed in the interview that the Islamic Emirate is prepared to communicate with the international community to address its concerns.