IEA wraps up first day of talks with Norwegian authorities
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) said on Monday members of their delegation, led by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, to Norway met with Norwegian officials on Sunday and discussed issues related to the current situation in the country.
Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)_According to a statement issued by the (IEA), “a one-day joint meeting was held between officials of the acting Afghan government and a number of personalities in , the capital of the Kingdom of ”.
“During the meeting, the participants listened patiently to each others’ opinions and exchanged views on the current situation in the country.
“They affirmed that Afghanistan is the shared home of all Afghans, and stressed that all Afghans need to work together for the political, economic and security prosperity of the country.
“The participants of the meeting recognized that understanding and joint cooperation are the only solutions to all the problems of Afghanistan,” read the statement.
The IEA also said all participants declared such meetings to be in the interest of the country.
Speaking at the end of the first day of talks, IEA delegate Shafiullah Azam told The Associated Press that the meetings with Western officials were “a step to legitimize (the) Afghan government,” adding that “this type of invitation and communication will help (the) European community, (the) U.S. or many other countries to erase the wrong picture of the Afghan government.”
Norway’s Foreign Ministry meanwhile said in a statement last week that Afghan representatives have been invited to Oslo from 23-25 January to meet , the international community, and other Afghans.
The statement noted that the meetings do not represent a legitimization or recognition of the IEA “but the de facto authorities must be talked with so that we prevent political situation leading to a worse ”.