Afghan president M. Ashraf Ghani twitted that Afghanistan assures its people and neighboring countries that its soil will not be used against any other country.
“The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan assures its people and all its neighboring countries that as per the Security Agreement with the United States, the Afghanistan soil under no circumstances will be used against any foreign country,” the Afghan presidential palace said in a statement late on Friday.
The presidential palace said President Ashraf Ghani on Friday held a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which the president said Afghan soil would not be used against any third country.
Afghanistan, which shares a border with Iran, expressed its concern over the “possible escalation of violence in the region,” and urged both the US and neighboring Iran to avoid an “escalation of violence.”
CEO Abdullah also issued a statement saying that he was saddened by the incident and offers condolences to the Iranian people and Soleimani’s family.
Abdullah said Iran is an ally, as is the US, and insisted that Afghanistan seeks a reduction of violence–both regionally and internationally.
He also expressed hope that recent events will not negatively affect the situation among “friends and allies” of Afghanistan.
Former president Hamid Karzai said that Iran and Afghanistan, despite US military presence in Afghanistan, have maintained cordial and brotherly relations.
“I strongly condemn the US drone strike in Baghdad that assassinated Iran’s Quds force commander General Qasim Soleimani,” twitted Karzai. Saying that “this action brazenly violates all international norms and threatens to further destabilize the region.”
Offering his condolences to Shaheed Soleimani’s family and the brotherly people of Iran, Karzai added that “in the face of the current challenges, we hope Iran will continue its wise and friendly approach towards Afghanistan.”
Latif Pedram the leader of National Congress party of Afghanistan and a presidential candidate in response to Qasem Soleimani’s assassination, said that “the terrorist attack on Mr. Soleimani is contrary to international law and a clear example of state terrorism.”
“The US regime has been the source of many evils in the world and region. The terrorist attack on commander Qasem Soleimani, in addition to being contrary to the international law, is a clear example of state terrorism with Trump at the forefront. Struggling and resisting US domination is an indisputable right of states and countries in the region,” Mr Pedram wrote on his facebook page.
Social media users in Afghanistan also reacted against the death of Soleimani, saying that the US will lead the wolrd towards a full scale of war.
Qasem Soleimani, who was the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, was killed in a US strike near Baghdad international airport on Friday.