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‘Need to give Afghans a helping hand to aid confidence-building’

HH the Amir said, “We stress the importance of continuing construction and development efforts, especially the human development, which is the requirement for preserving the educated middle-class and those who have the expertise and whom the international community has contributed to their development in their country, as we have become afraid of a real brain drain and experts flight that Afghanistan may suffer for a long time. This requires the interim government to exert an effort into creating incentives for those people to stay in their homeland.”
“But this does not contradict securing the freedom of traffic and movement, which is one of our priorities. Qatar was and still is one of the leading countries that seek to receive the Afghans and facilitate their entry and exit to and from Afghanistan. It is worth mentioning that Qatar participated in establishing the largest air bridge in history that helped evacuate thousands of individuals and families of different nationalities from Afghanistan. I also mention in this context that the Qatari technical teams were able to restore Kabul International Airport operations, in less than ten days, and made it suitable for receiving civil aircraft.”
HH the Amir added, “Before giving advice and setting conditions, it is essential to bear in mind that the state institutions in Afghanistan are practically in ruins, and that the first task lies in rebuilding and steering them, and that giving the Afghans an opportunity to do this task and offering them a helping hand contributes to the confidence-building process. As for human and citizens’ rights, they do not conflict with Islamic law, and not only that, but the fundamental purposes of the tolerant Islamic Sharia law that are based on justice, equality and mercy after faith encourage the granting of these rights.”
HH the Amir further said, “What confirms this is that Qatar takes the Islamic Sharia as a source for its legislation, and women have assumed the position of minister, judge and other public posts. It goes without saying that it is not possible to advance societies in Islamic countries while half of the society is put out of action in terms of work and education.”
“We reaffirm, once again, our permanent keenness and our firm position to support the Afghan people and their right to live in dignity and achieve reconciliation and peaceful coexistence among all its citizens and components without exclusion or discrimination in order to build a bright future for the present and future generations in this ancient country, and from this standpoint we renew the call for the caretaker government in Afghanistan to exert all efforts to achieve a comprehensive national reconciliation and protection of human rights. We are confident that the Afghan government sees the Afghan people as one, composed of Afghan citizens regardless of their ethnic, regional and other identities,” HH the Amir said.
HH the Amir added, “Finally, I call on the leaders of the G20 and the international community to adopt a practical approach towards the Afghan issue, through which words and good intentions are translated into practical steps that ensure a balance between the rights of the Afghan people to freedom and dignity, and their rights to access to food, medicine and development, which requires a unified international stance and road plan outlining the responsibilities and duties entrusted to the caretaker government in Afghanistan and the international community’s expectations from it without imposing a guardianship, and in return clarifying all of our responsibilities and duties towards this country and its people.”
HH the Amir concluded, “I hope this meeting will achieve the desired goals and fulfill the aspirations of the Afghan people for security and stability.”

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