by AZREEN HANI / pic by TMR FILE
MALAYSIA has yet to formally recognise the Taliban government in Afghanistan as it has to monitor and consider various factors before doing so, said Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (picture).
Saifuddin said among other factors included the level of acceptance by the Afghan people of the new government as well as the inclusiveness in the Taliban-led administration.
“The issue of acceptance is closely related to the issue of legitimacy. This house is well aware of how the Taliban was able to take control of Afghanistan after the US and international troops retreated in August 2021,” he told Dewan Rakyat yesterday.
“We find the interim government formed by the Taliban is still not inclusive in terms of the participation of other ethnic groups and the participation of women representatives in the government. Inclusivity is essential for achieving lasting peace and stability so that the Afghan people can enjoy security, stability, progress and prosperity.”
Saifuddin added that neighbouring countries have yet to recognise the new Afghanistan government, as they are also monitoring the development in the country.
The minister said Malaysia has previously stated that the Afghan peace process needs to be centred on the stakeholders and its own citizens, where it will be an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled peace and reconciliation process.
He said that there is a need and importance to resolve Afghanistan’s internal conflict by way of negotiations and inclusive consensus involving various ethnic groups in the country.
According to Saifuddin, the Malaysian government contributed US$100,000 (RM418,861) to Afghanistan.
“The matter was informed to the United Nations (UN) during its high-level meeting chaired by its secretary general regarding the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan on Sept 13,” he told the lower house.
Saifuddin also said that Malaysia remains steadfast with the stance of the OIC which pledged to strengthen its commitment and support towards Afghanistan as stated in the resolution adopted at OIC Summits and OIC Foreign Ministers meeting.
OIC also expressed intention to highlighting the expectations of the international community from new leadership in Afghanistan to promote national peace and obedience to the law as accorded under the International and UN resolutions and charter.