Money exchangers union, traders protest US drone strike

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The union of the money exchangers of Sarai-Shahzada and other businesspeople held a demonstration to criticize the US drone strike in Kabul.

They said the strike violated the Doha agreement.

They called on the officials to protect Afghanistan’s ground and aerial sovereignty.

“The arrival of foreign countries’ drones via neighboring countries’ aerial space is against (local norms) and Islamic law and we warn them to be cautious,” said Abdul Rahman Zirak, a spokesman for the union of Sarai Shahzada money exchangers.

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) called on the international community to consider the situation of Afghanistan and lift sanctions on Afghan banks.

“The Afghanistan private sector wants proper economic relations with the whole world based on a clear economic interest,” said Mohammad Younus Mohammand, acting head of the ACCI.

The money exchangers and traders in other provinces including Kandahar, Helmand and Zabul also were set to protest.

“Afghanistan is an independent country and no one has the right to attack Afghanistan and martyr its citizens,” said Rozkhan, a representative of the Helmand money exchangers.

“We don’t allow anyone to use Afghan soil to interfere in other countries,” said Mohammad Wali Hotak, a trader.

Political analyst Torek Farhadi said: “The presence of al-Qaeda has two problems in Afghanistan. It undermined the trust in the current government–the US and West will not trust the current government– and the economic sanctions will be kept in placed.”

Earlier, the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister, Abdul Salam Hanafi, also criticized the US drone strike on Kabul.

Earlier, the US President Joe Biden announced that a US drone strike killed Ayman al Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda.

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