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Muslim nations were called by Taliban PM to recognize Afghan govt

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            Afghanistan’s acting prime minister, Mullah Hasan Akhund, said at a press conference in Kabul on Wednesday that all requirements had been satisfied for Western nations to officially recognize the country’s Taliban administration.

“I request that all nations, particularly Islamic countries, begin to recognize”, Akhund said in his first big public television appearance since taking up the post in September.

Foreign powers have been hesitant to recognize the Taliban administration, which took control of Afghanistan in August, while Western nations, led by the United States, have frozen billions of dollars in Afghan banking assets and cut off development funding, which was once the backbone of the Afghan economy.

At the news conference, Akhund and other Taliban administration officials called for an easing of restrictions on money entering the country, blaming the government’s worsening economic problems on the freezing of finances.

“Short-term help is not the solution; we must attempt to find a means to fundamentally fix problems,” he stated.

The international world has increased humanitarian aid, which is intended to alleviate immediate needs while mostly avoiding formal channels. However, millions more people have fallen into poverty as the country suffers a cash constraint and a failing economy throughout the severe winter.

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