Saudis hope Afghan govt can bring stability


KSA believes the new govt will reject violence; extremism

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia hopes the advent of a caretaker government in Afghanistan will help it to achieve stability and overcome violence and extremism, the kingdom’s foreign minister said on Wednesday at a ministerial meeting devoted to the Afghan crisis.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan also affirmed Saudi support for “the choices the Afghan people make regarding the future of their country, away from external interference,” Saudi state news agency SPA reported.
Riyadh hopes the formation of the caretaker administration will be “a step in the right direction towards achieving security and stability, rejecting violence and extremism, building a bright future in line with these aspirations,” he added.
The ruling Taliban has dismayed Western countries by appointing veteran hardliners to top positions in the new government, including several with a US bounty on their head.
Tens of thousands of people fled Afghanistan after the group seized power in mid-August following a lightning military campaign. Many of those who left were professionals fearing reprisals because of their association with the previous Western-backed government.