A senior Taliban official said the group would help fight climate change and terrorism if they are accepted by the international community as the rulers of Afghanistan.
Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a member of the Taliban's Cultural Commission, said in an interview the group would have a lot to offer if embraced by the global community following the U.S. military withdrawal and fall of the Afghan government.
"We believe the world has a unique opportunity of rapprochement and coming together to tackle the challenges not only facing us but the entire humanity," Balkhi told Newsweek this week. "And these challenges, ranging from world security and climate change, need the collective efforts of all and cannot be achieved if we exclude or ignore an entire people who have been devastated by imposed wars for the past four decades."
"We hope not only to be recognized by regional countries, but the entire world at large as the legitimate representative government of the people of Afghanistan who have gained their right of self-determination from a foreign occupation with the backing and support of an entire nation after a prolonged struggle and immense sacrifices despite all odds being stacked against our people," he added.
The Taliban's oppressive treatment of women and members of the LGBTQ community is among the issues prompting hesitancy from the international community to embrace the new Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
The United States began the war in Afghanistan nearly 20 years ago, as the Taliban provided sanctuary to al Qaeda following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Balkhi asserted the Taliban would no longer allow terror attacks to be launched from Afghanistan, despite an attack outside Kabul airport days later, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility. The twin explosions killed more than a dozen U.S. service members while evacuations were underway.
"Our policy remains that we will not allow anyone to threaten the security of others from our soil, and neither will we allow others to interfere in our own internal affairs," he said.
Washington Examiner Videos
Original Author: Matthew Miller
Original Location: Taliban vow to help fight terrorism and climate change