Sirajuddin Haqqani
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Sirajuddin Haqqani: We don’t need international recognition

The Taliban’s Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani has claimed that their government has the support of the people of Afghanistan and does not require international recognition.

In a statement in Persian on Thursday, the Taliban Interior Ministry stated that Haqqani made these remarks during a meeting with elders of the Ahmadzai tribe, aiming to gain their support.

According to the statement, Haqqani who has $10 million FBI bounty for information for his arrest, said: “When a government has the support of the people, there is no need for international recognition.”

At a meeting in May, Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, the Taliban Deputy Prime Minister, called on Roza Isakovna Otunbayeva, Head of the UNAMA, to encourage the international community to engage with the Taliban, citing the establishment of the Islamic system and the preservation of peace in the country as reasons for their appeal.

The international community remains hesitant to recognize the Taliban government, despite the group’s claims of fulfilling its commitments. This is due to concerns about the Taliban’s treatment of women and girls, human rights violations, lack of inclusive government, and links to terrorist groups.