KUALA LUMPUR: The working go to of Malaysia’s special envoy to the Middle East Abdul Hadi Awang to satisfy Taliban delegates in Qatar final month was approved by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, mentioned Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah.
He added that though the federal government had began casual engagement with stakeholders in Afghanistan, it didn’t imply that Malaysia recognises the Taliban-led interim authorities.
The engagements have been vital to make sure that Afghanistan didn’t expertise socio-economic and humanitarian collapse, mentioned Mr Saifuddin in a parliamentary written reply to a query by opposition lawmaker Oscar Ling Chai Yew on Tuesday (Mar 1).
In his query, the Pakatan Harapan member of parliament had requested the overseas minister to state why the prime minister’s special envoy to the Middle East met with the Taliban and whether or not the meeting was approved by the Cabinet.
Mr Saifuddin mentioned that Mr Abdul Hadi’s working go to to satisfy Taliban delegates was aimed toward additional strengthening Malaysia’s function to find the most effective resolution to the difficulty in Afghanistan.
He mentioned Mr Abdul Hadi’s working go to from Jan 31 to Feb 4 was agreed by the prime minister on Jan 28.
Mr Abdul Hadi is president of Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS), a part social gathering in Mr Ismail Sabri’s administration.
“As the Prime Minister’s special envoy to the Middle East, apart from ensuring that Malaysia’s strategic interests with countries in the Middle East continue to be preserved, he also plays a role in further strengthening ties with several other countries including Afghanistan,” mentioned Mr Saifuddin.
He mentioned Malaysia had began casual engagement with stakeholders in Afghanistan. Plenty of different international locations have additionally performed the identical, he added.
“The engagement doesn’t imply that Malaysia recognises the interim Afghanistan authorities underneath the management of the Taliban.
“The engagement efforts are important to ensure that Afghanistan does not experience socio-economic and humanitarian collapse,” mentioned Mr Saifuddin.
According to Mr Saifuddin, he had attended the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers’ extraordinary meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan on Dec 19 final 12 months to debate the scenario in Afghanistan.
He mentioned throughout the meeting, he highlighted Malaysia’s place on the difficulty of nation constructing and humanitarian support for Afghanistan which, he mentioned, have to be led, owned and managed by Afghanistan.
He additionally known as on the worldwide group to keep away from the full collapse of the Afghan economic system.
“In this regard the OIC should act to address and resolve the issue of the freezing of US$9 billion of Afghanistan’s international reserves. The reserves belong to the Afghan people,” mentioned Mr Saifuddin.
On Feb 8, an aide to Mr Abdul Hadi issued an announcement that Mr Abdul Hadi’s meeting with the Taliban delegates in Doha, Qatar on Feb 4, didn’t symbolise Putrajaya recognising the Taliban authorities.
In a Facebook publish, the aide Syahir Sulaiman mentioned that the meeting was a dialogue session organized by the Qatari overseas affairs ministry as requested by Mr Abdul Hadi.