Ground Report | New Delhi: Moscow Conference; Russia, China, Pakistan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan supported the Taliban’s appeal to the United Nations at an international conference hosted by Russia in Moscow on Wednesday. A donor conference should be held as soon as possible to help rebuild.
The participating countries said that in convening such a conference, however, it should be borne in mind that “the greatest burden of Afghanistan’s reconstruction must be borne by the powers whose troops have been in the country for more than 20 years.” I was present. “
This is a clear signal to the United States and its allies, who killed troops in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001, Twin Towers attacks, and whose hasty departure last August to take control of the country by the Taliban. Paved the way for
The United States did not attend the Moscow conference. Washington has said it is not attending the conference for technical reasons but will join such talks in the future. Russia regrets US non-participation.
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Russia called on the countries participating in the conference to provide financial assistance to Afghanistan, saying that if this was not done, the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan could be a threat to regional stability.
India has already held formal talks with Taliban representatives. The last time such a meeting took place was in Doha when the Indian Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal met Taliban leader Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai at the Indian embassy on August 31.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying, “Today Ambassador of India to Qatar Deepak Mittal met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the head of the Taliban’s political office in Doha. The meeting took place at the Embassy of India at the request of the Taliban.”
First contact at government level
The meeting in Moscow on Wednesday is the first formal contact between the two sides since the formation of the interim cabinet in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s news channel Tolo News quoted Mujahid as saying that India is ready to provide humanitarian aid to the war-torn country.
According to Mujahid, both sides also emphasized addressing each other’s concerns and improving diplomatic and economic ties.
This conference on Afghanistan was established in 2017 in Moscow. In this conference, the six parties get an opportunity to express their opinion on Afghanistan and consult each other. Apart from Russia, these sides include Afghanistan, India, Iran, China, and Pakistan. Since 2017, these countries have discussed this issue many times.
In Moscow format, Afghan Deputy Prime Minister Hanafi urged the international community to recognize his interim government. This government also includes people who are on the black list of the United Nations.
“It is not in anyone’s interest to isolate Afghanistan. This has been proven before,” Hanafi said, according to the Afghan news agency Kham Press. Hanafi urged the US to lift restrictions on the assets of the country’s central bank, which are worth about US$9.4 billion.
What did the Taliban say?
The Taliban government was represented at the Moscow conference by Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi and Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mottaki. Abdul Salam Hanafi described the conference as crucial for the stability of the entire region.
Although no country, including Russia, has yet recognized the Taliban government, the conference acknowledged that Taliban control of power is a “new reality.”
Abdul Salam Hanafi called on the international community to recognize the current government in Afghanistan. “Afghanistan is now stable and there is no threat to other countries from Afghan soil,” he said. The Islamic Emirate will ensure that there is no threat.”
The Deputy Prime Minister said that isolating Afghanistan was not in anyone’s interest. If the new government is not recognized and supported, those who disrupt security will naturally become stronger. “The policy of the new government is that we will not allow any group to undermine the security of the people of Afghanistan, its neighbors, and other countries in the region,” he said. The Afghan leader called on the United States to restore Afghanistan’s frozen assets.