Malaysia Monitoring Developments In Afghanistan Before Deciding On Ties – Foreign Minister

Malaysia Monitoring Developments In Afghanistan Before Deciding On Ties – Foreign Minister

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (NNN-Bernama) — Malaysia is taking a cautious stand and is monitoring the latest developments in Afghanistan following the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban last Aug 15, before deciding on the recognition for the interim government, said Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah.

He noted so far the Taliban interim government has not been recognised by any country, including by Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries.

There were several considerations or factors that needed to be looked into before the government could make a final decision on the matter, including the level of acceptance by the Afghan people themselves on the takeover of the country by the Taliban.

“Secondly, we find that the interim government formed by the Taliban is still not inclusive as it does not include the participation of other major ethnic groups, as well as on the role of women and girls,” he said during the question and answer session in the Dewan Rakyat (Malaysia’s lower house of Parliament) today.

He said Malaysia had always held that the government in Kabul should be based on an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled peace and reconciliation process.

As a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Saifuddin said Malaysia was focusing on the collective stand made through the Emergency Meeting of the OIC Executive Committee last Aug 22 which was to strengthen the OIC’s commitment and support for Afghanistan.

He said this in response to questions posed by several Malaysian law makers who wanted to know whether Malaysia would recognise Afghanistan under the new Taliban rule.

Touching on Malaysians in Afghanistan, Saifuddin said only two people were serving with international humanitarian organisations there, namely the Norwegian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), as of Monday.

He said they had reported on their presence in Afghanistan and that they were safe to the Malaysian High Commission in New Delhi.

Malaysia had promised to provide financial assistance of USD 100,000 through the United Nations Humanitarian Organisation (UN), he added.


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