Taliban’s large gathering ends with calls for international recognition

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By Mohammad Yunus Yawar KABUL (Reuters) – A Taliban-run gathering of thousands of male religious and ethnic leaders ended on Saturday by asking foreign governments to formally recognise their administration, but made no signals of changes on international demands such as the opening of girls’ high schools. The Afghan economy has plunged into crisis as Westerngovernments have withdrawn funding and strictly enforcedsanctions, saying the Taliban government needs to changecourse on human rights, especially those of women. “We ask regional and international countries, especially Islamic countries ……

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