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Non-recognition of Taliban government could have 'global impact'

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The Taliban has called on the United States and other countries to recognize the current government in Afghanistan. They say that not recognizing Afghanistan could be a problem not only for them but for the whole world.

No country has so far formally recognized the Taliban government that took control of Afghanistan last August.

Despite the country's severe economic and humanitarian crisis, billions of dollars of their assets and money abroad have been withheld.

At a news conference on Saturday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, "Our message to the United States is that if the non-recognition continues, the Afghan crisis will continue. It could be a problem for the region and for the world at large."

Zabiullah Mujahid said one of the reasons the United States and the Taliban were at war was the lack of formal diplomatic relations between the two sides.

After the al-Qaeda attack on the United States in September 2001, US-led forces launched a military operation in Afghanistan after the Taliban refused to hand over Osama bin Laden, the top leader of the Middle East-based militant group, to Washington.

"The reasons for the war could have been resolved through negotiations or through political compromise," Mujahid said.

He also called the Afghan government's recognition "a right of the country's people."

Although no country has so far recognized the Taliban government, senior officials in many countries have met with leaders of the extremist group in Kabul or outside Afghanistan, Reuters reported.

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