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Russia stresses political settlement to Afghan conflict

Russia stresses political settlement to Afghan conflict

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Feb 23, 2019 - 19:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The military-political situation in Afghanistaninfo-icon remains tense with increased activity of the armed opposition, including the Talibaninfo-icon and other extremist groups, reads a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday.

As the number of areas controlled by the Afghan authorities continued to shrink, the need for a collective search for political and diplomatic solutions to the conflict in Afghanistan that has lasted for many years was now becoming even clearer, the statement said.

It added a forecast by US intelligence agencies said that the stalemate on the “battlefield” will remain unchanged. In addition, the US military acknowledged the serious nature of the threat posed by ISIS in Afghanistan.

“We have been talking about this for more than one year now, but our Western partners began to publicly admit it only recently,” it said.

“We firmly believe that the positive results of the intra-Afghanistan dialogue in Moscow on February 5-6 with the participation of a broad range of political forces of Afghanistan and the Taliban movement, as well as the talks held by US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad with the Taliban delegation are opening the door to achieving the common goal of launching an inclusive peace process in Afghanistan.”

In this context, Russia considered it was important to coordinate the efforts of major international and regional partners.

A meeting between Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov and Zalmay Khalilzad was scheduled to be held in Ankara today, February 22.

“We are convinced that the continued trend towards establishing interaction between our countries in Afghanistan can give an additional impetus to international efforts designed to resolve the conflict in that country.”

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