The Presidential Palace, ARG, in a statement on Wednesday reacted sharply to the second deputy chief executive Mohammad Mohaqiq’s remarks in Tehran, saying that the comments are against national interests and that his comments do not represent the policies of the Afghan government.
The statement said the Afghan government has always opposed Daesh activities and that the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces are on the first line of the battle against Daesh and other terrorist groups.
“The recent remarks by Mohamad Mohaqiq, the second deputy of the chief executive (Abdullah Abdullah), are against the principles of (Afghanistan’s) foreign policy, the national interests, stability and security as well as against the laws in Afghanistan, and it does not represent the views of the government of Afghanistan,” read the statement.
The Presidential Palace says the views should not create division among the people.
“These remarks will be seriously assessed in line with the country’s laws,” the presidential palace said.
According to the statement, the soldier service and military laws gives the permission only to Afghan nationals under the Afghan flag and in the framework of national sovereignty.
“(Afghanistan) government wants to make it clear that Afghanistan has never been involved in proxy wars and will never allow the country to be used as a proxy war ground,” the statement said.
Afghan government is determined to resolve the problem of its nationals in other countries, who have been involved in wars, through international laws, the statement added.
The Presidential Palace said the Afghan government has good government-to-government relations with neighboring, regional and world countries and it continues its efforts to strengthen ties.
At a ceremony in Tehran on November 25, Mohaqiq praised Major Gen. Qasem Soleimani, commander of foreign operations for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and one of the founders of Fatimiyun Brigade in Syria which is made up of many Afghan fighters.
At the ceremony, Mohaqiq thanked the fighters, including Afghans, for their victory in the Syrian war.
“I thank all the warriors who cooperated in these wars either from Iraq and Syria fighters, the Iraq and Syria army and the fighters of Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other parts of the world who attended the wars. In fact, it was the war of Islam against infidelity and against the conspiracies of the world arrogance. The role of our dear brother Qasem Soleimani and Mr. Hassan Nasrullah was very prominent,” he said at the gathering.
Soleimani is one of the founders of Fatimiyun Brigade in Syria and he has encouraged Afghan refugees in Iran to take part in this war.
“At a time that Afghanistan is itself engaged in war and grief, it can have a very bad outcome and it is not in favor of Afghanistan’s national interests. Not only the second deputy of the chief executive but also no government official should do such acts,” said Ghulam Farooq Majroh, an MP.
Mohaqiq meanwhile said at the same event that over 10,000 Daesh fighters are in Afghanistan and that the militants are trying to destroy the country and other nations.
“The issue of Yemen, Palestine, the issue of oppressed Afghanistan where there are more than 10,000 of the escapees of Daesh from Central Asia and other parts of the world who have moved to Afghanistan. The north of Afghanistan from Badakhshan to Badghis and Herat were secure, there was no war in the areas but with the presence of Daesh, today the north of Afghanistan is at war,” Mohaqiq said.
Mohaqiq also said if the northern parts of Afghanistan become insecure, threats against Central Asia will increase; therefore, he said the countries in the region should cooperate with each other to deal with the situation.
Mohaqiq’s remarks met by mixed reaction in the past few days, with some slamming him for his opinion but others came out in support of him.
Some politicians and MPs sharply criticized Mohaqiq for his remarks while some others supported his remarks and said they support Moahqiq’s stance.
Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said at a Council of Ministers meeting that government was opposed to Afghans fighting in foreign wars.
“We oppose the use of Afghans in war in any part of the world. We want to live in peace, but today the war has been imposed on us and we see defending the country as a legitimate move,” Abdullah said.