The Islamic Emirate's acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, met with Norway's chargé d'affaires in Afghanistan to discuss political and humanitarian cooperation.
Amir Khan Muttaqi said during the meeting that attempting to leverage Afghanistan is useless and that the international community should instead choose the path of engagement.
According to the deputy foreign ministry's spokesman, Muttaqi asked the international community to not politicize humanitarian issues.
"They have stopped the cultivation and trafficking of narcotic drugs and tens of thousands of addicts are being treated. The world has a responsibility to help in these areas and not to politicize humanitarian issues. The foreign minister said that as history has shown, using the pressure option in Afghanistan is not useful and we now have to move forward in cooperation with each other,” said Zia Ahmad Takal, deputy spokesman of the foreign ministry.
“They should move forward through engagement, engagement is the way that it can solve difficult problems,” said Shir Agha Bayanzai, political expert.
The Foreign Ministry added that Norway has appointed new diplomats to strengthen relations with Afghanistan.
"The appointment of diplomats can be very essential and crucial in the ties between the two nations, and this case has an influence on other countries regarding Afghanistan,” said Mustafa Murtazawi, a political expert.
"Foreign policy is a mixture of academic and theoretical thoughts. The more interactions we have with the nations of the region and the world, the more good steps will be taken in terms of the recognition of the Islamic Emirate,” said Janat Fahim Chakari, another political expert.
The foreign ministry's spokesman also noted that Muttaqi in the meeting said that security in Afghanistan has been ensured.
This comes as Iranian media stated that Hassan Kazimi Qomi, Iran's special representative for Afghanistan, said that Tehran believes a joint security committee with Afghan authorities should be created to prevent terrorist threats.