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Restrictions, pressures affect poor Afghans, Deputy PM Hanafi

KABUL: Deputy Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan for Administrative Affairs Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi met with Japanese Ambassador, Takashi Okata here in Kabul, the other day, his office said in a statement. In the meeting, Deputy PM Hanafi expressed pleasure for the support of the government and the people of Japan to the Afghans, the statement said. “The government and people of Afghanistan have had good relations with the people of Japan in the course of history,” the statement quoted Hanafi as saying. Meanwhile, Japanese Ambassador Takashi Okata said that good progress has been made in the fields of security, fighting corruption and drugs in Afghanistan and called it an important step towards good governance in the country, according to the statement. “We are trying to raise our voice for cooperation with Afghanistan, interaction and assistance in various sectors at the meeting of the Group 7 countries which is expected to be held in Japan,” the ambassador said. He also hoped the Islamic Emirate to resolve some of the issues that the international community wants before the 2nd of May, the meeting of 20 donor countries will be held in the capital of Qatar, where, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will attend. In part of his talks, Hanafi was quoted by the statement as saying that after 40 years of war in Afghanistan, security has been ensured countrywide and that Afghanistan will never be a threat to any country and the Islamic Emirate does not allow anyone to use Afghanistan’s territory against other countries and cultivation, smuggling, production and use of drugs have also been prevented. “Thousands of drug addicts have been collected, some of whom are under treatment and others have been handed over to their families after treatment,” said deputy the Deputy Prime Minister adding corruption has been put an end and the ground has been paved for investment in the mining sector. Any country, including Japan, can invest in the mining sector, he said as the statement quoted. Japan should help the Afghan farmers with alternative poppy cultivation and cooperate with the Afghan nation in health, trade, youth capacity and technology improvement and other fields. “Restrictions and imposing pressures cannot solve the problems but imposes negative impact on the common and poor Afghans,” said Deputy PM Hanafi. The Islamic Emirate believes in understanding and dialogue, demands good relations with all countries based on mutual respect and interaction and considers understanding and dialogue as the only solution to all problems. He also said that the Afghanistan situation should be evaluated from a positive perspective because there has been a lot of progress that should be appreciated. The international community, including Japan, should continue its aid to Afghanistan to overcome economic problems and provide job opportunities, Hanafi concluded. The Kabul Times

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.