News ID: 321326
Published: 1245 GMT April 29, 2022

Taliban supreme leader urges world to recognize government

Taliban supreme leader urges world to recognize government
Taliban’s supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada

Taliban’s supreme leader called again Friday for the international community to recognize the Taliban government, saying the world had become a "small village" and proper diplomatic relations would help solve the country's problems.

No nation has formally recognized the government installed by the Taliban after they seized power in August, AFP reported.

In a written message ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, Hibatullah Akhundzada did not mention international sticking points – including reopening secondary schools for girls.

Instead, he said recognition should come first "so that we may address our problems formally and within diplomatic norms and principles".

"Undoubtedly, the world has transformed into a small village," said Akhundzada, who has not been seen in public for years and lives reclusively in Kandahar, the Taliban's spiritual heartland.

"Afghanistan has its role in world peace and stability. According to this need, the world should recognize the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan."

His Eid message comes as the country has been rocked by a series of bomb blasts – some claimed by the Daesh terrorist group, targeting the minority Shia Hazara community.

Akhundzada made no mention of insecurity, but said the country had been able to build "a strong Islamic and national army", as well as "a strong intelligence organization".

Many in the international community want humanitarian aid and recognition to be linked to the restoration of women's rights.

Tens of thousands of women lost their government jobs after the Taliban takeover, and they have also been barred from leaving the country – or even traveling between cities – unless accompanied by a male relative.

In March, the Taliban prompted global outrage by shutting all secondary schools for girls, just hours after allowing them to reopen for the first time since they seized power.

Several Taliban officials said the ban was personally ordered by Akhundzada.

Akhundzada's Eid message didn't touch on girls' schools, but he did say authorities were opening new centers and madrassas for both "religious and modern education".





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