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Representatives in EU – Central Asia meeting voice support for Afghanistan

In a joint statement following the meeting in Ashgabat, special representatives and envoys of the European Union and Central Asia reiterated their commitment to the Afghan people and expressed their desire for a stable and prosperous Afghanistan. In the “European Union and Central Asia”, meeting, the representatives asked the Islamic Emirate that Afghan soil should not turn into a haven for terrorists. However, IEA’s spokesperson states that the current government is seeking practical interaction and cooperation with regional countries, and is striving to take positive steps in various fields considering the public interests. The Islamic Emirate’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid reaffirmed that Afghanistan poses no threat to any country. “We are seeking to have other countries interact and collaborate with the Islamic emirate of Afghanistan in practice. The IEA will address all shortcomings identified here and endeavor to take positive steps in view of the interests of the Afghan people,” Mujahid said. Analysts also advocate for friendly and positive relations between the international community and the Islamic Emirate government and urge the international community to collaborate with the IEA in all sectors. During the meeting held in Eshqabad, the participants emphasized the establishment of an inclusive government and upholding the civil, political, economic, and social rights of the Afghan people. The ban imposed on women in Afghanistan will have detrimental impacts on the capabilities of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghan people, according to the statement. The representatives in the meeting expressed that all the imposed restrictions on Afghan women and girls must be lifted in order for Afghanistan’s economy to thrive and ultimately achieve its long-term goals of peace and stability. In an interview with The Kabul Times correspondent, several women expressed that women play a key role by working in the family’s economy and urged the Islamic Emirate to create job opportunities for them. “We, the women, request the IEA to abolish the ban on education and working for women and provide them with employment opportunities under the instructions of the Sharia law,” Nabila said. “A healthy society requires healthy offspring, and mothers and women play a fundamental role in raising their children. When a woman or mother is educated and well-versed, she can offer educated children for society and propel society towards progress,” she further added. According to her, both men and women play a fundamental role in the family, and it relates to better education and economic conditions for families. She asks the Islamic Emirate to pay serious attention to this regard and create job opportunities for them. She said that although some women and girls work in the Islamic Emirate government, a significant portion of them stay at home without receiving any income, and we hope the women can resume their duties. On the sidelines of the European Union and Central Asia meeting, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan met with UNAMA’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Roza Otunbayeva, and stated that Ashgabat would contribute to the improvement of Afghanistan’s economy through the implementation of infrastructure projects. “Turkmenistan regularly sends humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, social facilities are being constructed, and healthcare assistance is being provided to the people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan said in a statement. Both sides expressed their interest in extensive international cooperation and the implementation of joint projects related to the reconstruction of Afghanistan and its integration into the global economy. Shukria Kohistani

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.