Afghan Voice Agency (AVA): Maulavi Amir Khan Muttaqi, in his speech at the Moscow format meeting on Afghanistan, firstly thanked the government of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan for holding this meeting and inviting the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to discuss the latest developments in our country. He thanked and noted: Two years ago, on October 16, 2021, a large delegation from the Islamic Emirate participated in the Moscow meeting, when the US and NATO occupation of Afghanistan and their related administration were destroyed and the new government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan began to had worked
According to him, at that time there were deep concerns and serious questions about the future governance, the revival of government institutions, especially the reactivation of the ministries of the security sector, the security situation and drugs, but with the help of God, the support of the people and the determination of the Islamic Emirate, he believes As soon as the occupation ends, we will lay the foundation stone of an independent, peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan that is being strengthened.
Maulavi Muttaqi emphasized: In the last two years, in this format (Moscow format) and other formats, we have assured the region and the world about Afghanistan's security situation and promised that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as a responsible government, will not allow any threats. For the world, the region, and especially the neighboring countries, it will not give up Afghanistan's soil, and this promise has been well fulfilled.
He continued about the achievements of the past two years: In the past two years, while rebuilding the political, security and economic foundations of our government, we have accelerated the fight against rebel groups that were trained in the shadow of the aggressors, and we were able to destroy ISIS hideouts throughout the country. We thwarted the last attempt of a major conspiracy against the security of the entire region including Afghanistan.
Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate noted: Afghanistan was facing political, security, economic, social and especially internal legitimacy crises in the last half century, which brought many challenges. Scientific and practical experience showed that the main root of the crisis is the application of foreign prescriptions, patterns and orders in relation to internal problems, which ignores our geography, history, culture, religious and social values.
According to him, a clear example of our claim is the last two years of the government, when we ended the war without any help and support, centralized the government, made the budget independent, did not threaten anyone from the country, and fought against drugs. We have expanded job opportunities in the public and private sectors, we have expanded access to justice for every district and village, we have created commercial, transit and investment facilities in different parts of the country, we have started the reconstruction project and transparency in providing services to We guaranteed the deprived sections of the people.
Maulavi Muttaqi stated: In the past 20 years, the so-called comprehensive regime, despite the presence of hundreds of thousands of foreign and domestic soldiers, advanced weapons, extensive financial support, and the political support of the region and western countries, did not achieve this goal, the main cause of which is corruption. The crisis of legitimacy before the people was due to the acceptance of foreign orders and the people rose against it.
He said: We have established a government that has religious and national legitimacy along with good governance, taking into account religion, history, culture and especially the immediate political realities of its people. I hope that the countries of the region and the world will also put their stamp of approval on this fact, but in the last 45 years, no foreign version like the inclusive government has solved the problems of Afghanistan.
For this reason, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate emphasized: We hope that all countries, especially our neighbors and countries in the region, because we do not provide prescriptions to others regarding the form of governance, will not provide prescriptions regarding the form of governance of Afghanistan, and instead, The region should start official work with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in order to cut off the hands of evil forces here, and on the other hand, the Eurasia region, which has nearly seventy percent of the world's population, contains most of the wealth and one third of the energy resources, use this historical opportunity for the benefit of everyone for stability and prosperity.
He further mentioned a few things in particular:
First: Now that the occupation of Afghanistan has ended, security has been established and there is a strong political will, the time has come to implement the regional connectivity project centered on Afghanistan. Based on our economy-oriented foreign policy, we are ready to provide all necessary facilities for regional connectivity; Both in the form of transportation and energy transfer. After the new political developments, now more than ever, the conditions for the implementation of the "North-South Trade Corridor" have been provided. Here we support the statements of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Mr. Mikhail Mishustin, who said: "Russia is ready to focus on the development of routesIt is the commercial center in the Euro-Asia region, including Afghanistan and South Asia." It should also be important for countries in the region to know how to protect their interests and take advantage of opportunities.
Second: Afghanistan has a strong potential for economic cooperation, trade and investment, and we have no discrimination in infrastructure projects, energy, mines, agriculture, communication lines, and especially the railway that connects the entire region through Afghanistan.
Third: We reiterate our readiness in the field of border cooperation with neighboring countries to prevent the movement of smugglers and other destructive agents. Countering these threats requires collective cooperation. In this field, we have made effective efforts and fought to reduce drug cultivation and trafficking to zero. But in the field of smuggling, which requires bilateral cooperation, we need the cooperation of the relevant countries.
Fourth: During the last two years, Afghanistan witnessed the beginning of extensive political and diplomatic interactions with many countries, especially with the countries of the region. In this regard, the countries of the region were very progressive, thank you!
We call this a new chapter of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and the region and the world. For example, the People's Republic of China introduced its ambassador to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan according to diplomatic formalities. We hope that this action of China will be a good example for other countries and that our ambassadors will also accept it in order to provide effective interaction based on mutual interests.
Fifth: Tourists, diplomats, aid workers, journalists and researchers from different countries of the world come to Afghanistan with confidence and move freely throughout the country. Therefore, we declare once again that anyone who is concerned about security or drugs from Afghanistan, instead of listening to the propaganda of selfish people and reacting based on this selfish propaganda, go to Afghanistan, send a delegation and do everything with Let them see for themselves so that their sorrow will be solved and they will be satisfied.
In the end, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate, while thanking the Russian Federation for this initiative, once again asked the neighbors and countries in the region that Afghanistan is ready to interact positively with all of them based on common legitimate interests and expressed the hope that all countries will do this. Do; "Use this opportunity. Please use it according to your national interests".
This morning, Friday, September 29, the new round of the Moscow format meeting on Afghanistan started, this time in the city of Kazan, Russia, with the presence of Maulavi Amir Khan Muttaqi, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, at the head of a delegation. This meeting has started at the level of special representatives of Russia, Iran, China, Pakistan and Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) regarding Afghanistan. The representatives of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey were also invited to this meeting as observers, but the representative of the United States was not invited. The images show that, despite some speculations, there is no representative of the opposition of the Islamic Emirate at the Moscow format meeting.