Why Afghanistan Has Pledged Support for Azerbaijan in Nagorno Karabakh
Afghanistan’s support for Azerbaijan in its war with Armenia reflects Kabul's desire to strengthen ties with countries which will help it increase its global trade.
As the long-standing Nagorno Karabakh conflict has again erupted into war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Afghanistan has officially announced its support for Azerbaijan. Ravaged by an unending war itself for decades, Kabul’s response to the irredentist claims of another nation has proven unexpected and surprising for Afghan citizens.
The armed conflict re-ignited on 27 September when Azerbaijani and Armenian forces clashed after the cessation of armed hostilities in 1994 over control over Nagorno Karabakh. The region is officially part of Muslim Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians, supported by neighboring Christian Armenia.
A day after hostilities erupted, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in an official press release affirmed that the contested region is “internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.” While calling for a ceasefire, the government lodged its support for Azerbaijan, demanding an end of “Armenian occupation.”