In an open letter to the US Congress.. Afghan Acting Foreign Minister: Implementation of the Doha Agreement will open a new page for relations
Acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki said – in an open letter to the US Congress – that the implementation of the Doha agreement will open a new page in the relations between the two countries, calling for unfreezing the reserves of the Afghan National Bank, and for taking positive steps to end the crisis in his country.
Mottaki considered that implementing and adhering to the Doha Agreement could open a new page in the relations between the two countries, explaining that the Taliban movement – which leads the current government – was not a direct military party to the conflict with the United States after the agreement was signed.
He added that despite the war in Afghanistan, the Taliban had been able to hold negotiations with 3 US presidents since 2011.
The Acting Foreign Minister considered that Washington’s freezing of the reserves of the Afghan National Bank contradicts the Doha agreement, and that financial sanctions on Afghanistan do not solve the problem and do not serve the interests of the American people.
“We understand the concerns of the international community and the United States, and it is necessary for both parties to take positive steps to build confidence,” he said.
Mottaki believed that the continuation of the current situation would increase the suffering of the Afghan government and people and open the way to mass immigration from Afghanistan, and that the United States should take responsible steps towards addressing the humanitarian and economic crisis in his country.
The US special envoy to Afghanistan, Thomas West, said – Talk to reporters The day before yesterday, Monday- In The Taliban wants to normalize relations, but the matter is not in the hands of Washington alone, indicating the need for loyalty The Taliban fulfill their commitments and work with Afghanistan’s neighboring countries to ensure security.
West indicated that a new round of talks with the Taliban is being prepared, without giving further details. He indicated that he will soon visit Pakistan, Russia and India as part of the relentless efforts to return life to normal following the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan at the end of last August.
Last October, the Qatari capital, Doha, hosted the first direct meeting between senior US officials and the Taliban since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.