Acting Minister of Defense Mawlawi Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid said that Kabul and Doha are expected to sign an agreement for security cooperation.
Returning from his visit from Qatar, Mawlawi Yaqoob said that the agreement will be assessed by the officials of the Islamic Emirate to decide whether or not it will be signed.
“Qatar is interested in an agreement to be signed between the defense ministries of Qatar and Afghanistan. There will be a security pact, based on which the two countries will cooperate with each other. I look at it as a good step and we will consult on this agreement,” he told the RTA.
Mawlawi Yaqoob Mujahid said that he requested Qatar’s assistance in providing salaries, uniforms and equipment for Islamic Emirate forces.
“We call for their cooperation in providing salaries for the army because Qatar is an Islamic country and it has helped Afghanistan in the past. And also to help us provide uniforms for the forces to secure the borders,” he said.
Analysts gave various opinions about the expected agreement between Afghanistan and Qatar.
“Qatar has offered an agreement based on consultation with Western countries to encourage the young Afghan leaders to bring reforms, the reforms which the international community wants,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.
“The Qatari government as the strategic partner of the US is implementing the goals of the US in Afghanistan and it implements the instructions of the US toward the Taliban,” said Aziz Maarij, a former diplomat.
“The security pact regarding incentivizing the Air Force and National Defense Forces of Afghanistan with Qatar will allow the people of Afghanistan and the new rulers to stand against the ominous plans of Pakistan and Iran,” said Asadullah Nadim, a political analyst.
Earlier, the officials of the Islamic Emirate expressed their opposition to any kind of foreign support to the Islamic Emirate forces in terms of providing security.