Relations with neighbors will not be at the expense of national interest: Dr. Abdullah

The national unity government (NUG) of Afghanistan is committed to improving ties with the neighboring countries but that should not come at the expense of country’s national interest.

Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah made these remarks while chairing a meeting of the council of ministers in Kabul on Monday.

In reference to the recent agreement signed between the Afghan government and Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Dr. Abdullah said the government will keep national interest in mind while signing any such agreement.

“The government of Afghanistan understands the importance of improving ties with the neighboring countries, but the national interest and security are the top priorities for us,” Dr. Abdullah said.

“I would like to assure the people of Afghanistan that any agreement or deal that is not in our best national interest will not be signed,” he added.

Emphasizing the necessity of financial support from the international community, Dr. Abdullah said the government must perform well to retain the trust and confidence of foreign donors

Emphasizing the necessity of financial support from the international community, Dr. Abdullah said the government must perform well to retain the trust and confidence of foreign donors.

Speaking on the 100-day action plan of ministers, Dr. Abdullah said the response from people has been tremendous. He urged the ministers to ensure transparency and accountability to retain the trust of international community.

Afghanistan, he said, is still dependent on foreign donors and it is important for the national unity government to perform well.

Dr. Abdullah also spoke about Bamyan becoming the cultural capital of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and emphasized the importance of developing heritage sites in the province to attract foreign tourists.

Dr. Abdullah also spoke about his forthcoming visit to neighboring Tajikistan where he would hold talks with senior political leadership. 

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