Russia, China, Pakistan, India, Iran and the five former Soviet Union Central Asian countries have joined the Taliban, calling on the United Nations to convene such a meeting as soon as possible to help rebuild the country.
They said that it should “understand, of course, the main burden…should be borne by the troops whose military contingent has been stationed in the country for the past 20 years.”
This is a sharp reference to the United States and its allies, who invaded Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attack, and their sudden withdrawal paved the way for the Islamist Taliban to regain control of the country in August.
Washington chose not to participate in the talks for technical reasons, but said it might join future talks.
Russia is the first to call for international assistance, realizing that any spread of the conflict in Afghanistan may threaten regional stability.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov (Dmitry Peskov) said: “No one is interested in the complete paralysis of the entire country, which borders the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).”
Since regaining power, the Taliban have stated that they have acted as quickly as possible in opening up the government and protecting women’s rights, and they do not pose a threat to any other country.
Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaki said: “Afghanistan will never allow anyone to use its territory as a base to threaten the security of another country.”
Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi, who led the delegation, said: “It is not in anyone’s interest to isolate Afghanistan.”
Although governments around the world, including Russia, refused to officially recognize the Taliban government, the communiqué acknowledged the “new reality” of their coming to power.
Russia’s move to host the talks is part of an effort to increase its influence in the region after the United States withdraws. Its main concern is the risk of instability in Central Asia, as well as possible migration from Afghanistan and Islamic radical activities.
Russia fought a disastrous war in Afghanistan in the 1980s and has close military and political ties with the former Soviet Central Asian Republic, which borders Afghanistan.
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