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Kuwait can broker Afghan peace parleys: Hussain

Kuwait can broker Afghan peace parleys: Hussain

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Aug 20, 2017 - 15:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon’s ambassador to Kuwait says the Afghan government is ready for peace talks and mediation by the Kuwaiti emir could encourage militants to enter dialogue.

In an exclusive interview with the Annahar newspaper, Mangal Hussain said the Afghan government was struggling to ensure peace and stability but it still needed mediation from the Kuwaiti emir.

About the Kuwaiti ban on visas for Afghan workers, Hussain said: “This issue is important for me. Although some Afghans have recently obtained Kuwaiti visas, the general ban persists.”

Kuwait-based Afghan citizens continued to live peacefully and they have no criminal records so far, the diplomat claimed.

He called Afghanistan the main victim of terrorism and asked the international community to agree on a clear definition to better manage the war on terror.

Hussain talked about Afghanistan’s relations with neighbours and the United States. Here are some of the questions and answersL

Q: How do you see Afghanistan-Kuwait relations?

A: Our relations with the Kuwaiti government are very good and historic. Both countries are Muslim. The Kuwait government has long supported the Afghans and continues to do so.

Q: Would there be an exchange of political visits between the two states in the near future?

A: Former president Hamid Karzai had visited Kuwait. The Afghan foreign minister also visited it. We would try for further improvement of bilateral relegations. We need a a concrete move from Kuwait to bring stability to Afghanistan.

Q: How is it possible for the Kuwaiti emir to play a role in Afghanistan’s security? Have you asked him for help in this regard?

A: The emir is a a popular and respected figure in the region and the worldinfo-icon at large. He has good relations with all, having a strong political position and a special place in hearts of our people. This country is important for us as we believe the emir of Kuwait can help improve the security situation in Afghanistan.

Q: Have you sought help from him in this regard?

A: No, we haven’t yet. But we are waiting for the emir’s stance and will share our plans with him once we hear about Afghan peace talks from him.

Q: How is the current political situation in your country?

A: The security situation is good in Afghanistan. We have an elected president and a national unity government that works for the development of the country. The Afghan government also struggles for ensuring security and the High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPCI) is a dedicated institute for that. We believe in democracy and the freedom of speech; we are committed to good relations with neighbours.

Q: Even with Pakistaninfo-icon?

A: Yes, because Pakistan is our friend. There are no obstacles to our cooperation with that country. As we don’t accept interference, we also don’t meddle in others’ affairs. Our bilateral negotiations continue and we still have nearly two million refugees in Pakistan.

Q: How do you establish contact with the Talibaninfo-icon? Does the Taliban’s political office in Qatar still exist?

A: Yes, the Taliban office has been functional in Qatar for six years now and we invite them to peace parleys. We have kept open our doors for negotiations with the militants. We don’t want to fight.

We are fighting against terrorism but we invite all sides to peace. We see negotiations as the only solution to all problems.

Q: Do terrorist still have hideouts in Afghanistan?

A: Afghanistan and its people are victims of terrorism. Terrorists don’t know borders; they disrupt public security in every part of the world. The international community should work together to eliminate this menace and forge a global consensus on the issue.

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