The international world is grappling with whether or not to recognise the Taliban as Afghanistan's rulers, weighing disapproval of the Islamist group's agenda against the necessity for stability. Since the Taliban overthrew the pro-Western government in Kabul on august 15, international countries have established channels of contact with the organisation, but have made it plain that this does not imply recognition.

The Taliban have begun to show signs of impatience on the subject of recognition, which would allow Taliban officials to represent the government in foreign organisations and allow funding to flow into the cash-strapped economy.

The argument erupted before the United Nations General Assembly, where the Taliban have requested to speak on behalf of Afghanistan, but the previous government's envoy claims to represent his nation.

Heiko Maas, Germany's foreign minister, dismissed the demand of Afghanistan's new authorities, stating that a Taliban "show" would be ineffective and that "real acts" were required. “At some point, the Taliban will have to choose between money and normalisation or complete isolation," a european official who did not want to be identified remarked.

Even nations who are less upset by the ouster of the previous administration, or even support the Taliban, have been slow to recognise Kabul's new authorities. Pakistani Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the Taliban needed to be more sensitive and consider world opinion, a sentiment echoed by Qatar, which has traditionally acted as a mediator. Even China, which has shown an interest in working with the Taliban and could gain an advantage by becoming the first to recognise them, has yet to do so.

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