Regional threats discussed with neighbours: MoFA
Talking to reporters about Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah’s ongoing trip to Tajikistan, MoFA spokesman Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni said Afghanistan had shared its concerns about the emergence of Daesh or Islamic State and other threats in the region with Tajik leadership and other neighboring countries.
He said the Afghan security forces had been fighting non-state actors for security of Afghanistan and the region. Stability in Afghanistan was not the sole purpose of the war against terrorism, he added.
During his visit to Tajikistan, Abdullah held talks with Tajik president Emomali Rahmon and Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda on bilateral relations. Rahmon pledged his country’s support for Afghanistan during his meeting with Abdullah.
The Afghan government is concerned about the emergence of new threats at a time when informal talks with the Taliban have been intensified.
The reconciliation process was expected to be launched in March with Pakistan’s mediation, but there has been no breakthrough.
The MoFA spokesman said recent meetings between Taliban and Afghan representatives were informal and the government had no record of them. Mustaghni, however, said such contacts might be helpful in bringing peace to Afghanistan.
The official said the unity government wanted peace and supported Afghan-led peace talks. He termed Pakistan’s role as vital in the peace process and said the government still awaited practical action from the neighboring country.
President Ghani was expected to fly to Qatar in early June to discuss the peace process with the leadership of the gulf country, but the trip was postponed.
The MoFA spokesman said a new date for the president trip to Qatar would be announced before Ramazan. He said the president would discuss visas for Afghan labourers with the Amir of Qatar during his visit.
He said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Afghan labourers was already existed between the two countries, but the president would discuss a new mechanism for the export of manpower to Qatar.
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