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Taliban Ask China for Help in Getting International Recognition

  • Lack of recognition played a part in affecting Afghan economy
  • China seeking to boost ties with Taliban-led government

The Taliban is seeking China’s assistance in getting its Islamic Emirate government officially recognized by the international community, a crucial step that could help Afghanistan access some $9 billion in frozen reserves held overseas. 

“All of the conditions of the international community required for recognition are already fulfilled,” Bilal Karimi, a deputy spokesman of the Taliban, said by phone on Monday. “The Islamic Emirate wants China to take the lead to help the current government achieve international recognition.”