Russia Hails ‘Positive Signal’ From Taliban
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Russia said on Tuesday stated that the Taliban’s initial assurances since completing their military takeover of Afghanistan have been a ‘positive signal’ and that it supports ‘inclusive’ political dialogue in the country.

Speaking to reporters, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said; ‘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.

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

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Lavrov told a meeting in Kaliningrad that Moscow wanted 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,’ he said in comments carried by the state-run Rossiya 24 television channel after the meeting.

Russia on Monday said it would decide on recognising the new Taliban government based on how responsibly the new authorities govern.

Its ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov was meeting the Taliban on Tuesday and has said that the militants have already established public order.

Africa Toiday Newsa, New York recalls that the Kremlin has in recent years reached out to the Taliban and hosted its representatives in Moscow several times, most recently last month.

Moscow is closely watching for a potential spillover of the instability into neighbouring ex-Soviet Central Asian countries where Russia maintains military bases.

 

AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK