Regional cooperation needed to counter threats: MoFA
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said Afghanistan had been suffering from acts staged by non-state actors and the country was concerned about emerging threats in the region.
MoFA Spokesman Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni told reporters that foreign ministers of Islamic countries had already condemned terrorists’ acts in Afghanistan and announced their support for peace talks.
The 42nd meeting of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) was held last week in Kuwait in which participants discussed range of issues including Afghanistan and emerging threats in the region.
Also the recent Istanbul Conference adopted a resolution and praised the Afghan government efforts for a stable and peaceful Afghanistan. The members condemned terrorism and extremism and stressed for enhanced peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.
Mustaghni said Afghanistan and regional countries were aware about the new threats posed by the Islamic State (IS), while Afghanistan always fought against non-state actors on the frontline and rendered huge scarifies.
The spokesman asked Pakistan to take decisive action against militants and play sincere role in Afghan reconciliation process.
He said Afghanistan wanted cordial relations with all its neighbors and international community. Afghanistan’s soil would never be used for proxy war.
He welcomed one year extension in the travel ban on five Taliban leaders, who were released from the Guantanamo Bay detention center and transferred to Qatar. The spokesman said it was an agreement reached between the government of Qatar and the United States.
The move comes after a number of top American lawmakers expressed concern over the efforts of these Taliban leaders to establish contacts with their leadership in Afghanistan
According to agreement, former Taliban leaders would not be allowed to meet other people and would remain under strict observation.
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