In a meeting with US special representative for Afghanistan Thomas West in Abu Dhabi, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, the acting defense minister, stressed the need to uphold Afghanistan's territorial integrity.
The acting defense minister assured West of the security of Afghanistan, and ensured that Afghan soil will not be used against other countries, the ministry of defense's spokesman said.
"The acting minister of defense met with US special representative Thomas West and discussed issues related to Afghanistan,” said Enayatullah Khwarazmi, defense ministry spokesman.
Earlier, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid met with Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Minister of Finance and Deputy Ruler of Dubai, on strengthening ties between Afghanistan and the UAE and promoting trade between the two nations' businesspeople.
According to political experts, the meeting between the acting minister of defense and the special envoy of the US for Afghanistan will help resolve Afghanistan's current issues.
"The trip of the acting defense minister of Afghanistan to Abu Dhabi and Dubai is not related to the presence of other Afghan political officials there. However, the meeting of the acting defense minister with Thomas West is very important,” said Tariq Farhadi, a political expert.
"The representative Afghan government, which is presently in power in Afghanistan, should solve its problems with America and the world via understanding and dialogue, and this will be a good step and a good achievement for the recognition of Afghanistan,” said Abdul Jamil Shirani, a political expert.
During his visit to the UAE, Thomas West talked with some Afghan businessmen about resolving their commercial problems.
"We asked him to find a solution to the sanctions on the banks, including the central bank, so that these sanctions would be removed,” said Haji Obaidullah Sader Khail, head of the Afghan Business Council in the UAE.
Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, the acting defense minister, discussed improving ties between Kabul and Abu Dhabi and problems facing Afghan immigrants who live in the UAE, with Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, during the acting defense minister's official visit to the country.
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