Nearly two months after the collapse of the former Western-backed government and the arrival of insurgent forces in Kabul, the new Taliban administration has pushed for relationships with other countries to help avert a crisis catastrophic economic. “The international community must start cooperating with us,” Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said at an event hosted by the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. “With this, we will be able to end insecurity and at the same time, we will be able to engage positively with the world. “
But the Taliban has so far refused to cede ground by allowing girls to return to high school, one of the main demands of the international community after a decision last month that schools above sixth grade would only reopen. for the boys.
Muttaqi said the Taliban Islamic Emirate government was making cautious progress but had only been in power for a few weeks and could not be expected to complete reforms that the international community had not been able to implement for 20 years.
“They had a lot of financial resources and strong international backing and backing, but at the same time you’re asking us to do all the reforms in two months?” he said.
The new administration has come under sustained criticism for its approach to girls’ education, seen as one of the few unambiguous positive gains in the West’s two decades of engagement in Afghanistan.
Taliban call on US to lift blockade
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the Taliban had broken promises to guarantee the rights of women and girls and that there was no way to fix the economy if women were left out of the economy. job.
Muttaqi has repeatedly called on the United States to lift a block on more than US $ 9 billion in Afghan central bank reserves held outside the country, but said the government has its own tax revenue. , tariffs and agriculture if funds remained frozen.
He said the Taliban forces had full control of the country and were able to control the threat from ISIS militants who claimed responsibility for a series of deadly attacks in recent weeks, including the bombing last week. against a Shiite mosque in the city of Kunduz, in the north of the country.
“The Daesh issue has been very well controlled by the Islamic Emirate so far,” he said, using a derogatory term for the radical Sunni group, but adding that international pressure on the government was helping morale. of the Islamic State.
“Instead of pushing, the world should cooperate with us. ”