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Thursday October 28, 2021

Anyone who engages in divisive politics will be abandoned: Afghan FM

Amir Khan Muttaqi says credit for establishing peace in country solely goes to local people of Afghanistan

September 27, 2021
Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaqi addressing Afghan Ministry of Commerce ceremony. Photo — Twitter/BilalKarimi21
Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaqi addressing Afghan Ministry of Commerce ceremony. Photo — Twitter/BilalKarimi21

KABUL: The acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaqi has said that  anyone who engages in divisive politics will be abandoned.

The statement was made at a ceremony of the Afghan Ministry of Commerce in Kabul on Sunday.

Muttaqi, while referring to the Afghan war, said that the credit for establishing peace in the country solely goes to the local people of Afghanistan.

He said that an alliance of 50 countries had entered Afghanistan to oust the Taliban government in the past but when it came to establishing peace, "no foreign fighters came to fight" in the war-torn country.

Muttaqi said that the Taliban will not let anyone use the Afghan soil against any other country as he maintained the stance of the newly formed Afghan government.

He said that the government would be ready to take steps ahead if another country even takes one step towards establishing friendly ties with Afghanistan.

Muttaqi admitted that while the new government is facing difficulties at the moment, its main focus is the welfare of the people.

He said that the government will create such conditions that "no one will leave the country".

"The Taliban government will not force anyone to leave the country because their policy is to unite the people of Afghanistan."

Addressing the traders of the country, Muttaqi said that this section of society is responsible for the economic development of the country.

"There are no restrictions for traders nor is there a market for bribes," said Muttaqi, adding that ministers are within the reach of traders whenever they require any assistance.

'Opponents may make noise but we don't care'

Muttaqi said that given the circumstances, the Taliban regime will be put to test but its relations with foreign countries will be as vast as they were in the past.

"The opponents may make as much noise as they want but we don't care," said Muttaqi.

Answering a question, he said that since the Taliban took over the province of Panjshir, not a single gunshot has been heard there, adding that the government is also making sure to maintain the law and order situation in the country.

"When a man was kidnapped in the Mazar-i-Sharif area, the Taliban captured the suspect within three hours," he said.