Zabihullah Mujahid expresses concerns on extension of occupation by
Turkish forces in Afghanistan

KABUL, (MANEND NEWS): Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of
Afghanistan Zabihullah Mujahid has said that everyone is aware that
all foreign forces are to withdraw from our beloved homeland on the
basis of the Doha agreement – a decision endorsed by the United
Nations and the international community as well as welcomed and
endorsed by majority of countries including the foreign minister of
Turkey who was present at the signing ceremony. Zabihullah Mujahid
said that now as the leadership of Turkey has announced maintaining
troops and extending the occupation of our country at the behest and
in agreement with America.
The following points are worth considering:
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the Afghan people maintain
historic, cultural and religious bonds with the Muslim people of Turkey.
The extension of occupation will arouse emotions of resentment and
hostility inside our country towards Turkish officials and will damage
bilateral ties.
The decision of Turkish leadership is ill-advised, a violation of our
sovereignty and territorial integrity and against our national interests.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan condemns this reprehensible
decision in the strongest terms as it will induce problems between
Turkish and Afghan nations. And we strongly urge Turkish officials to
reverse their decision due to it being detrimental for both countries.
We consider stay of foreign forces in our homeland by any country
under whatever pretext as occupation, and invaders will be dealt with
on the basis of the fatwa of fifteen hundred distinguished scholars

issued in the year 1422 Hijri Lunar (2001) – a fatwa under which the
past twenty-year Jihad has been waged.
We urge the Muslim Turkish people and its astute politicians to raise
their voices against this decision because it is neither beneficial for
Turkey nor Afghanistan, rather it only creates problems and issues
between both Muslim nations.
Our policy remains that we seek good and positive relations with all
countries based on reciprocal conduct. We neither interfere in the
affairs of others nor allow others to interfere in our own affairs.
We remind Turkish officials that it is better we maintain positive and
good relations in light of accepted principles instead of making such ill-
advised decisions, to extend hands of cooperation to one another and
to adopt common understanding and positions for common challenges
and interests.
We had been in contact with Turkish official for some time and held
multiple meetings where they assured us that they would not make
such a unilateral decision without our approval. The current decision
they have made is a breach of their own covenant.
If Turkish officials fail to reconsider their decision and continue the
occupation of our country, the Islamic Emirate and the Afghan nation –
in line with their religious, conscientious and patriotic duty – will take a
stand against them as they have stood against the two-decade
occupation, in which case the responsibility for all consequences shall
fall on shoulders of those who interfere in the affairs of others and
make such ill-advised decisions.

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