Russia applauds ‘positive signal’ from Taliban

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According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the Taliban’s initial confirmations since finalizing their military takeover of Afghanistan have been a “positive signal” and it favors “inclusive” political dialogue in the country.

 

“I consider it a positive signal that the Taliban in Kabul are declaring and in practice showing their readiness to respect the opinion of others,” Lavrov.

“In particular, they said that they are ready to discuss a government in which not only they but other Afghan representatives will also participate.” He added.

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov

Speaking during a meeting in Kaliningrad on Monday, Lavrov said Moscow expected the formation of Kabul’s new government to be an inclusive process.

“We support the beginning of an inclusive national dialogue with the participation of all of Afghanistan’s political, ethnic and religious groups,” Rossiya 24 television channel reports.

The Guardian reports that Russia on Monday said it would agree on recognising the new Taliban government based on how responsibly the new authorities operate.

Nexus News also learned that its ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov was meeting the Taliban on Tuesday and has said that the militants have already established public order.

In recent years, the Kremlin reached out to the Taliban and hosted its representatives in Moscow various times, most in July.

 

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