QuickCheck: Has Malaysia opened an office in Afghanistan?


Following the appearance on Twitter of several photos of Afghanistan's Acting Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi meeting Global Peace Mission (GPM) chairman Datuk Ahmad Azam Ab Rahman on Sunday (Feb 20), it has been alleged that the Malaysian government will be opening an office in Kabul. Is this true?

VERDICT:

FALSE

On Monday (Feb 21), a Wisma Putra spokesperson said that while Ahmad Azam is in Kabul, no Malaysian Foreign Ministry office will be opened there.

Ahmad Azam is also Wisma Putra’s special adviser on Afghanistan.

"The new office mentioned in the tweet is actually referring to the opening of an office by GPM. It is not an office of the Malaysian government," said the spokesperson in response to the Twitter posts.

In January, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah said that Malaysia has yet to take a decision on recognising the Taliban government in Afghanistan and is taking a cautious approach on the matter.

He also said the Malaysian government is waiting to see the stand taken on the Taliban government by international bodies like the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) before deciding on its own stand on the matter.

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