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IEA appeals for support from Islamic countries at OIC summit

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(Last Updated On: December 19, 2021)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) on Sunday called on Muslim countries to “politically” and “financially” support Afghanistan.

Speaking at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Islamabad, Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi stated: “We stand ready, as a member of a single-family, to listen to and accept all requests, concerns, and advice of Islamic countries in relation to Afghanistan that can lead towards a proper and just roadmap and direct us out of the current crisis.”

He told the attending representatives of Islamic countries that the political isolation of Afghanistan is not beneficial for anyone.

“It is imperative that all support the prevailing stability and back it both politically and economically,” Muttaqi said.

He stated that the people of Afghanistan have been devastated by wars, drought, the COVID-19 pandemic, and poverty.

Muttaqi appealed for help from Islamic countries to push the US to release billions of dollars in frozen assets.

He noted that the US’s continued sanctions on the IEA is “harming Afghans” and that it is “a clear violation of the human rights of Afghans, and can be interpreted as enmity with an entire nation”.

“We urge participants of this great gathering to remind US officials that persecution of Afghans and weakening of the Afghan government is not in the interest of anyone. This is not conducive to improving ties.”

“Such actions harm American prestige and exacerbate the refugee crisis, the detrimental effects of which will not spare the wider world.”

Muttaqi, meanwhile, stated that Afghanistan now has a responsible, non-corrupt, and committed government that shall safeguard Afghans from difficulties moving forward.

He said that the government considers human rights, women’s rights, and participation by all capable Afghans from various regions its duty.

“We continue to be targets of partisan propaganda by a number of media outlets whereby the present picture of Afghanistan is displayed in a distorted manner to the world. And this despite peace prevailing throughout Afghanistan after the 15th of August and none facing danger to their lives due to political or other factors.”

“After forty years of instability and war, every Afghan currently has an opportunity to reside in their homeland without fear or threats.”

Muttaqi stated that the new government has managed to secure its geography and territorial integrity,and has established security.

He said the government does not pose a threat to any other countries, “as a ruling system [IEA] reserves the right to have formal relations with the world and be a responsible member of the wider international community.”

“We assure the entire world and specifically Islamic countries that the territory of Afghanistan will not be used against anyone and we shall work in tandem to combat the cultivation and trafficking of narcotics.”

Muttaqi also called on members of the OIC to reopen their embassies in Kabul.

Representatives from 70 countries and organizations attended Sunday’s meeting in Islamabad, including at least 20 foreign ministers. The aim of the meeting was to explore ways to aid Afghanistan.

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US understands importance of Chabahar Port for Afghanistan: India

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The United States understands the importance of Chabahar Port for continued humanitarian supplies to Afghanistan and to provide the country economic alternatives, India’s foreign ministry said on Friday.

 India recently signed a 10-year agreement to develop and operate Iran’s strategic Chabahar Port as New Delhi aims to boost trade ties with landlocked Afghanistan and Central Asian countries, bypassing ports in its western neighbour and arch foe Pakistan.

But the deal has prompted a thinly veiled threat of sanctions from the United States, with whom India has developed close economic and military ties in recent decades.

India’s foreign ministry spokesman, Randhir Jaiswal, noted that since 2018, India has supplied 85,000 metric tons of wheat, 200 metric tons of pulses and 40,000 litres of pesticide Malathion to Afghanistan through Chabahar Port.

“The United States also has an understanding…understands the importance of Chabahar Port for continued humanitarian supplies to Afghanistan and to provide Afghanistan economic alternatives,” he said in a press conference.

“Our External Affairs Minister also spoke on this matter in several forums recently, where he said that we should not take a narrow view of this particular project, it has an important role to play as far as the region is concerned, connectivity is concerned, particularly for the landlocked countries in the area,” he added.

He also said that Russia‘s special envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, met with an Indian delegation led by Joint Secretary, J.P. Singh, who looks after Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, in the Ministry of External Affairs, essentially exchange of views on the ground and the situation and how the two countries look at the situation.

He said that they emphasized on the need to provide development assistance and humanitarian support to the people of Afghanistan.

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Nicaragua president sends letter of condolence to IEA leader after floods

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The Afghan Embassy in China announced Saturday that the President of Nicaragua has sent a letter of condolence to the leader of the Islamic Emirate, Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada, following the recent deadly floods in Afghanistan.

Based on the embassy’s statement, the letter was handed over by Michael Campbell, the Nicaraguan ambassador to China, to Bilal Karimi, the Afghan ambassador to China.

In the letter, Nicaragua president, Daniel Ortega, while expressing his sympathy over the floods, expressed his interest in establishing good relations with the Islamic Emirate and cooperation in various fields.

The Nicaraguan ambassador stated that the Nicaraguan people, like the Afghans, achieved independence after a hard struggle against the colonialists, which is a common point between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Bilal Karimi, Afghanistan’s ambassador to China, has said that he will convey the condolence letter of the President of Nicaragua to the leader of the Islamic Emirate. He also assured of maintaining good relations with the country.

Karimi emphasized that all Latin American countries are important, but Nicaragua’s taking the initiative is a positive and admirable move.

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UN Doha meeting should reflect realities of Afghanistan: Iranian envoy

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Iran’s special representative for Afghanistan, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, said in a meeting with his Italian counterpart that the next UN-convened meeting on Afghanistan should reflect the realities of the country.

Qomi said that Tehran is ready to work with Europe on the development of a comprehensive cooperation plan for Afghanistan based on the consultations it has conducted.

He added that the topics of the third meeting of special envoys on Afghanistan in Doha should be based on the realities of the region and Afghanistan.

“The actions of countries outside the region have not been useful in solving the crisis and challenges of Afghanistan so far, and if this situation continues, Europe will also be plagued by the problems,” he said.

The last meeting of the United Nations on Afghanistan was held in Doha in February this year, but it failed to achieve its primary objectives.

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