Kabul cautions against use of N-weapons
Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah has cautioned against the use of nuclear arms against terrorism.india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 15:48 IST
Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah has cautioned against the use of nuclear arms against terrorism, after French President Jacques Chirac's threat of a nuclear response to terror strikes.
"Fighting against terrorism... can also be done through consolidating dialogue between civilisations and through education," Abdullah said during a visit to Qatar on Sunday.
"I do not wish to see a nuclear war in the world," he told reporters.
Abdullah also said "we do not accept that our territories be used to strike terrorists with nuclear arms."
Under the Taliban fundamentalist regime, Afghanistan hosted the Al-Qaeda terror network of Osama bin Laden, which was responsible for the September 11, 2001, devastating terror attacks on the United States.
Weeks after the September 11 attacks, the Taliban regime was ousted from power by a US-led military offensive.
Bin Laden and other militants are believed to be on the run on the borders between Pakistan and Afghanistan where Taliban remnants still lead an insurgency.
Abdullah said Afghan President Hamid Karzai was expected to visit Qatar in the near future, following an invitation by the emir of the energy-rich Arab Gulf country, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
He hailed Qatari funding of educational projects in Afghanistan and plans to start Qatari Airways flights to Kabul.
First Published: Jan 23, 2006 14:50 IST