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MPs lament slow-paced work on foreign policy principles

MPs lament slow-paced work on foreign policy principles

Jan 06, 2018 - 15:29

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- the lower house of parliament -- on Saturday said practical work on the approval of Foreign Policy Principles (FPP) was ongoing.

Some lawmakers criticised the slow-paced work on the foreign policy principles submitted to the house by the government. They said adherence to clear foreign policy objectives was essential.

Lawmaker Abdul Qader Qalatwal said: “Let’s ascertain whether or not the FPP draft has landed in the house. If it has, why has the draft not been placed before house commissions?”

Other legislators held similar views.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said the FPP draft had reached the Wolesi Jirga and the Commission on International Relations had launched practical work on it.

The speaker did not give date of the draft landing in the house but asked the commission concerned to promptly distribute the draft’s copies to other panels. After its scrutiny, the draft will be included in the agenda.

He called the FPP vital to maintaining relations with different countries. “Once a country approves clear foreign policy principles it could establish external relation in the best national interest.”

In recent years, public representatives have been asking the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to submit policy principles to the house for approval.