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Only Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recognized the legitimacy of the Taliban government in 1996-2001.

Many Afghans on Twitter and Facebook claim that Zolmy Khalilzad, the U.S Special Representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, lobbied in 1996-2001 that the USA recognize the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.

Did he do so?

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    It looks like during that period he was at RAND, and did a lot of writing, so that would be the place to start looking.
    – T.E.D.
    Sep 16 at 20:14

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