AA / Istanbul
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday that a new meeting of the “Enlarged Troika” on Afghanistan should be held in Kabul.
“We plan to hold a further meeting of the ‘Enlarged Troika’ in Kabul as soon as conditions permit, and I mean mainly the resumption of operations at Kabul airport to provide commercial civil aviation flights,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said in an interview with the local “RIA Novosti” news agency, without however specifying a date to this effect.
In response to a question on the possibility of recognizing the Taliban movement, – which took control of Kabul last month -, as a legitimate authority in the country, the Russian diplomat stressed “the need not to rush on this subject “.
“We must first wait for the formation of a new government that will include all political forces, including ethnic minorities, and then define a position in this regard,” he said.
The number two in Russian diplomacy said that “Moscow hopes that the parties concerned will be able to reach a political consensus and form a new governance structure while taking into account the interests of the Afghan people.”
On August 11, the Qatari capital, Doha, hosted a meeting of the “Extended Troika” (which includes Russia, China, the United States and Pakistan) on Afghanistan.
Since May, the Taliban have started to expand their control over Afghanistan, in parallel with the beginning of the final phase of the withdrawal of US forces.
In recent weeks, the Taliban have conquered most of the country, and on August 15, insurgents entered the capital, Kabul, and took control of the presidential palace, while President Ashraf Ghani left the country for them. United Arab Emirates.
The movement had taken full control of “Hamid Karzai International Airport” in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, after the last American soldiers withdrew from it on August 31, the deadline given to Washington for a total withdrawal from it. Afghanistan.
The Taliban’s reconquest of Afghanistan comes despite billions of dollars spent by the United States and NATO over the past 20 years to build the Afghan armed and security forces.
* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail
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