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Russia: Lavrov welcomes “encouraging signals” from Taliban


AA / Moscow / Elena Teslova

Russia sees “encouraging signals” from the Taliban, but does not wish to recognize them hastily as the legitimate authority in Afghanistan, said Tuesday the Russian Foreign Minister.

Speaking at a press conference in Kaliningrad, Sergei Lavrov said the movement’s desire to form an inclusive government was encouraging.

“We are in no hurry to recognize them [les Taliban], nor are all other countries, ”he said.

And to add: “Yesterday, I discussed with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, we have the same positions and perceive encouraging signals on behalf of the Taliban, in particular their desire to form a government with the participation of other political forces, to allow the education of girls, as well as to allow the functioning of the state apparatuses in general, without blocking the civil servants who worked under the previous government of the president [Ashraf] Ghani. “

The Russian foreign minister said he was satisfied with the ability of the Taliban to “effectively ensure law and order” in the streets of Kabul.

“We support the launch of an inclusive dialogue with the participation of all political and ethnic groups in Afghanistan,” Sergei Lavrov said.

After quickly gaining control of several districts and provincial capitals, the Taliban entered the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday and seized power, taking the reins of the country for the first time in nearly 20 years.

The Afghan government quickly collapsed, while President Ghani and other senior officials fled abroad.

* Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj

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