Kabul: A top United Kingdom envoy has said that his country will not support anyone, including Afghan nationals, seeking to achieve political change through violence in Afghanistan.
Chargé d’Affaires at the UK Mission to Afghanistan in Doha, Hugo Shorter said in a statement that the UK will not allow its “soil to be used to plan or prepare it, and we strongly discourage others from doing so.”
Shorter’s statement said that “violence of any kind is not in Afghanistan’s interests, nor the international community’s, and we deplore terrorist attacks of all kinds.”
To promote peace and stability, to deliver essential humanitarian support to the Afghan people, and to address shared concerns on security, there is no alternative to engaging pragmatically with the current administration of Afghanistan, and that is what we are doing. Statement added.
Shorter’s statement was welcomed by the ministry of foreign affairs of Islamic Emirate.
“We welcome UK’s policy of preferring engagement with and not supporting armed opposition to the Afghan government. Acknowledgment of fact that peace & stability in Afghanistan along with positive engagement with IEA is in the interest of the region & world is praiseworthy.” MoFA Spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi said in a tweet.