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Russia hosted the Taliban, said – talks are very important for stability in Afghanistan

India also participated in this dialogue.

Russia hosted talks on the issue of Afghanistan on Wednesday. It was attended by senior representatives from the Taliban and neighboring countries. The talks reflect Russia’s diplomatic influence on the issue. Initiating the talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that lasting peace in Afghanistan requires the formation of a truly inclusive government that reflects the interests of all ethnic groups and political parties in the country.

Russia designated the Taliban a terrorist organization in 2003, but despite this it worked for years to establish contacts with the group. Contact with any such group is punishable under Russian law. But the Russian Foreign Ministry, responding to questions related to the contradiction on the issue, said that it is necessary to talk to the Taliban to help bring stability in Afghanistan.

Russian Embassy in Kabul

Unlike other countries, Russia has not vacated its embassy in Kabul since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August, and since then its ambassadors have been meeting Taliban representatives regularly. In his opening speech at the conference, Lavrov commended the Taliban for their efforts to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan and ensure the functioning of government institutions. He also stressed the importance of respecting human rights in Afghanistan.

“The meeting is very important for the stability of the entire country,” said Abdul Salam Hanafi, deputy prime minister of the Taliban’s interim government, who attended Wednesday’s talks. Lavrov said that Russia would soon send a consignment of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. He urged the international community to immediately deploy its resources to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

India also joined

The former Soviet Union had fought a war in Afghanistan for 10 years. It ended in 1989 with the withdrawal of Russian troops from there. Moscow has returned in recent years as a strong mediator in international dialogue on the Afghanistan issue, hosting talks with Taliban representatives and other parties. Representatives of the Taliban and other factions in Afghanistan, as well as representatives of China, India, Pakistan, Iran and the erstwhile Soviet Union nations also attended the ‘Moscow Format’ meeting.

Before the meeting on Wednesday, there was another meeting earlier this week. It was attended by diplomats from Russia, China and Pakistan. America did not attend the meeting. Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week that there was no rush to recognize the Taliban as Afghanistan’s new ruler. He, however, emphasized the need to hold talks with the organisation.

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