‘We Want Cordial Relations’ With World: Mullah Yaqoob Mujahid

3 June 2022

The acting minister of defense said the Afghan soil will not be used against the US and other countries.

The acting minister of defense, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, in an interview with CNN News 18 said the Islamic Emirate wants “cordial relations with all countries of the world, especially the neighboring countries including India.”

Mullah Yaqoob Mujahid appeared on a television news program for the first time and discussed the current situation of Afghanistan including girls’ access to education and the Islamic Emirate’s relations with the world. “We, Inshallah, will have cordial relations with all these countries. India is known as one of the best countries that maintains amicable relations. Afghans make friends with India and their friendship is cordial, based on trust and honesty,” Mullah Yaqoob Mujahid said, as quoted by News 18.

On Thursday, a high-level delegation from India arrived in Kabul and met with several officials of the Islamic Emirate. The visit was the first since the Islamic Emirate came into power in the country.

Political analyst Torek Farhadi said: “India’s policy has accelerated since Shahbaz Sharif replaced the government of Imran Khan in Pakistan. India feels that Shahbaz’s government doesn’t provide similar support to Kabul and (will try) to use this vacuum with a less diplomatic investment.”

“India is in the heart of the people of Afghanistan. It can gain its influence in Afghanistan by providing humanitarian aid and preventing the influence of Pakistan,” said Wali Frozan, a political analyst.

The acting minister of defense said the Afghan soil will not be used against the US and other countries.

He also said that there is no order regarding “stopping education” in Afghanistan.

“I would say the world is concerned about this declaration of Islamic Emirate withdrawing permission for education…You see that there is no such order on stopping education there and it is delayed in the absence of any order and clarity,” he said. “This only means that there would be an atmosphere where education is given on the basis of Sharia and Afghan laws.”

‘We Want Cordial Relations’ With World: Mullah Yaqoob Mujahid