A senior official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said that the United States and Russia’s tensions on Ukraine are moving toward Afghanistan which according to him will have “negative repercussions” for the country if they begin here.
The remarks were made by Hekmat Khalil Karzai, the Deputy Foreign Minister, who addressed an event on Afghanistan’s foreign policy at Afghanistan Law and Political Studies Organization in Kabul on Tuesday.
“The tensions are slowly moving from Ukraine toward Afghanistan. It will be a bad situation for Afghanistan when the tensions officially begin in Afghanistan,” said Karzai. “Our goal should be to once again strengthen the consensus that Afghanistan’s stability should be important for Russia even now,” he said.
Karzai has been a main member of Afghan delegation’s visits to Pakistan under the National Unity Government. He said Afghanistan should not expect Pakistan to help the Afghan peace process.
According to him, Kabul should not expect Beijing to put pressure on Pakistan to help the Afghan peace process.
“We should not expect China to put pressure on Pakistan ‘automatically’, because such an expectation is improper. We should recognize China’s benefits (for us). China has invested $48 billion in CPEC (China–Pakistan Economic Corridor) only. How much it has invested in Afghanistan? What is the difference between China’s benefit in Afghanistan and Pakistan? We should recognize this,” said Karzai.
Addressing the event, India’s Ambassador to Kabul, Vinay Kumar, said the international community needs to put pressure on the countries which support terrorism so that they can stop supporting these groups.
“The first thing that everybody has to agree on is to stop all support for terrorism. Unless that is done, you cannot have regional cooperation, you cannot have regional integrity,” said Kumar.
Addressing the event, Massoud Treshtwal, a spokesman for the Council for Protection and Stability in Afghanistan, criticized the National Unity Government’s policies on the war and peace in the country.
“Peace has changed into a mirage for the Afghan people,” said Treshtwal. “Our sacrifices for peace have increased every time that we chanted the slogan of peace.”