The Deputy Prime Minister for Administrative Affairs, Abdul Salam Hanafi, said that the Islamic Emirate never sought to damage other countries, and urged the neighboring countries to be politically neutral towards Afghanistan.
Speaking at a gathering in the Academy of Science of Afghanistan, the Deputy PM said the Islamic Emirate wants to have good relations with all countries and that the foreigners should also not interfere in internal affairs of the country.
“We never seek the construction of our [country] through the destruction of our neighbors. We want both Afghanistan and neighbors to be built up. We have the same hope from our neighbors,” he said.
Hanafi said that the Islamic Emirate does not want to be a member of any of the "coalitions," referring to Afghanistan's history and neutrality in World Wars I and II.
“All Afghans are respected in our country. For the Afghans who are abroad due to some concerns, the Islamic Emirate’s message is to return to their country because there is no threat to them,” he said.
The acting Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs, Noor Mohammad Saqib, told the gathering that research should be continued in various sectors in a bid to pave the way for development in the country.
Abdul Baqi Haqqani, head of the National Examination Authority, said that Afghanistan needs experienced and academic people.
“There is a need for our youth to go out of the country and learn good experiences there and use it in Afghanistan,” he said.
Hanafi also highlighted the increased security in the country as well as efforts to counter narcotics.