Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman urged Western countries to ramp up engagement with the Islamic Emirate and warned that failure to do so would risk Afghanistan falling into deeper chaos and cause extremism to rise.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, who is also deputy Prime Minister of Qatar, made the remarks to the Financial Times.
“We will see maybe a rise of extremism. We will start to see an economic crisis, which has already started, and this will just drive the people to more radicalization and conflict,” the Qatar foreign minister said as quoted by the Financial Times. “This is what we are trying to avoid.”
The Islamic Emirate welcomed the remarks made by the Qatari official.
“We want foreign countries to take practical steps that are in the interest of all and to respect the basic right of the government and people of Afghanistan,” said Inamullah Samangani, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
Analysts believe that the economic problems will affect the country.
“The economic crisis will undermine the political and military pillars and will pave the ground for terrorist activities and will finally cause the collapse of Afghanistan,” said Mehdi Afzali, an international relations analyst.
“The world will use political power to try to pursue political interests in Afghanistan and this could harm both sides,” said Javid Sandel, a political analyst.
This comes as no country has thus far recognized the current government of the Islamic Emirate.