Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Hekmat Khalil Karzai speaks to Geeta Mohan, Foreign Affairs Editor, NewsX
On being asked about the bright future of the Afghanistan cricket team and their performance in the ICC World T20, 2016 the Minister said that it was an exciting time for the Cricket team and that it would only get better for the team from here on. The boys had defeated three countries and had unfortunately lost the fourth to South Africa, but he was proud that they went down bravely fighting the Proteas.
In India for the SAARC ministerial meet, the minister was asked whether the India-Pakistan tensions percolate into SAARC conversations that other SAARC countries have, and if such talks could be an impediment for any forward movement on SAARC as a strong grouping. The minister said “It is natural when you have two large members of a particular group and when they have different observations and different issues on specific topics, clearly it can create some obstacles. And we have had certain disagreements which are pending, so naturally when there are events, when there are different observations there will be challenges.”