The political office of the Islamic Emirate in Qatar said Saturday that a security pact will be signed between Kabul and Doha to ensure the Gulf nation’s cooperation with Afghanistan in security and defensive affairs.
Under the pact, if signed, Qatar will cooperate in providing uniforms to the security forces, in payment for the defense ministry’s forces salaries and in providing other military equipment, Mohammad Naeem, the spokesman of Kabul’s political office in Doha, told TOLOnews.
“It makes sense that there would be a variety of issues where two countries cooperate. These events will happen, which is natural, but the type and approach will be decided after discussions and meetings,” Naeem elaborated.
He said that Qatar wants to have strong relations with the Islamic Emirate.
“Qatar is ready and interested and we were also interested in having strong relations with Qatar,” Naeem said.
The agreement will be the first in its type for the Islamic Emirate. Analysts said the pact between the Afghan Defense Ministry and Qatar will prove important for Afghanistan.
“Qatar is a suitable option only if the Taliban government remains so careful about securing mutual interests as well as the interests of neighboring countries and the region,” said Assadullah Nadim, a military expert.
“If the contract of military equipment between Qatar’s Defense Ministry and the Defense Ministry of Islamic Emirate happens, the needs of the defense and security forces of the Islamic Emirate will be met,” said Sadiq Shinwari, a military expert.
This comes after Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, the acting defense minister, visited Qatar last week for the first time on an official trip where he met with top Qatari officials and spoke about a wide range of topics, including military matters.