Restrictions will cause distance between Kabul, world: Islamic Emirate

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The Islamic Emirate’s Political Office in Qatar said that the imposition of restrictions and pressure have not had any result over the past 20 years and will only create distance between Kabul and the international community.

The head of the office, Suhail Shaheen, called on the UN Security Council to pursue negotiations and diplomacy regarding Afghanistan.

“There should be no restriction on traveling nor should these restrictions be used as pressure, because it has not had any result before and will not have any result now,” he told TOLOnews.

This comes as the UNSC has yet to decide whether to extend or end the travel ban exemption for 13 members of the Islamic Emirate.

“The sanctions and the blacklists, they are all problematic. It causes further distance, which should be closed instead. It is important to end the issue of sanctions and blacklists,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.

Meanwhile, analysts said they believe that imposed restrictions on travel for Islamic Emirate members will sideline Afghanistan.

“If the travel ban exemption of the Taliban officials is not extended, I believe that the political and economic situation will deteriorate,” said Ahmad Khan Andar, a political analyst.

To recognize the government of the Islamic Emirate, the international community has put the formation of an inclusive government, upholding of human rights and women’s rights, and the prevention of the use of Afghan soil against other countries by terrorists, as conditions.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate stressed the need to release Afghan foreign assets and remove its members from the UNSC’s blacklist.

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