The Islamic Emirate reacted to the ongoing situation in Kazakhstan, saying it considered the “security and political” stability of the region essential for economic and trade development, as well as for the prosperity of the people.
The Islamic Emirate “is closely monitoring the situation in Kazakhstan and as a close neighbor and economic partner state, is concerned about the recent unrest,” said Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Islamic Emirate "urges both the government and protestors to resolve issues through talks and peaceful means, and to return calm and stability to the country,” Balkhi said.
Meanwhile some Afghan traders expressed concern over the tensions in Kazakhstan and said that the deteriorated situation would affect the regional trade.
“Afghanistan is one of the countries that brings its commodities from Kazakhstan. We hope these problems are solved soon,” said Mayel Khairkhwa, deputy of Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“The government of Kazakhstan announced there is a 15-day emergency. The price of flour has increased as Afghanistan imports flour from Kazakhstan,” said Zalmai Azimi, a trader.
Waliullah Shaheen, head of the Center for Strategic Studies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the Islamic Emirate is concerned about the situation in Kazakhstan.
“The government of the Islamic Emirate is closely monitoring the situation and is concerned about it. We want all our neighboring countries to work in peace’ he said.
The protests began last Sunday in Kazakhstan's capital after the price of liquid gas and fuel spiked.
The protests soon extended and reached other provinces. The protestors set many government buildings on fire.