News - Afghanistan
Presiding over the meeting of the Council of Ministers (CM) on Monday, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Unity Government (NUG) Abdullah Abdullah said government was looking to improve bilateral relations with neighboring countries across all sectors. However, he emphasized that government will not sign agreements with countries that do not have Afghanistan's best interests at heart.
In addition, Abdullah reiterated that Afghanistan was still in need of financial support from the international community, but stressed that the performance of government was key to attaining international trust and cooperation in the long term.
Referring to the recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Afghan and Pakistan spy agencies, and the outcry that was sparked following the move, Abdullah said government was determined to preserve national interests at any cost.
"The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the National Unity Government maintain responsibility to improve relations with neighbors. However protection of national interests and security are at the top of our working agenda. Therefore I would like to reaffirm to the people of Afghanistan that any agreement that violates national interests and our security will not be signed with any party or any country," Abdullah said.
In the meeting, Abdullah also talked about the first 100 working days of the ministers and said that the initiative has been warmly welcomed by the people. He called on government ministries to ensure transparency in their jobs and to seriously fight corruption in relevant institutions to strengthen trust among the international community.
"Afghanistan is still dependant on the longstanding cooperation and support of the international community. However continuation of cooperation (hinges on) the good performance of the National Unity government and all the layers of Afghanistan's institutions," he said.
In addition, he expressed his satisfaction over the performance of the ministries during their first 100 working days.
In conclusion, Abdullah briefed the ministers about his upcoming tour to Tajikistan where he will hold wide-ranging discussions with Tajik stakeholders over different issues pertaining to the two nations.
Later, on the sidelines of the meeting, Abdullah touched on Bamiyan becoming the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) cultural capital and emphasized that this would provide the opportunity to further concentrate on Bamiyan's cultural heritage and its historical assets.