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MoFA welcomes remarks by spokesperson of Russian Foreign Ministry

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in a statement released Saturday commended the goodwill of the Russian Federation for a peaceful resolution of Afghanistan’s crisis through constructive peace negotiations.

“Although not a direct party to the Doha Peace Agreement, the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has fulfilled all obligations, including the release of more than 6000 Taliban prisoners,” the statement added.

The statement went on saying that the government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has always emphasized peaceful settlement of conflict and is committed to meaningful peace talks leading to a comprehensive ceasefire and lasting peace in Afghanistan.

However, as the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan almost completed, the Taliban have intensified their attacks, the statement added.

“While appreciating regional and international support to our gains over the last two decades under the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, we call for establishment of an international committee to monitor the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2513,” according to the statement.

“The monitoring of the committee will clearly affirm that the Taliban, while not fulfilling their commitments to peace, have escalated violence to a level that even threatens the security and stability of the region,” the statement further said.

This comes as Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Thursday that activity of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan may bring about a worsening of the humanitarian situation in the country.

“Soaring combat tensions in Afghanistan’s provinces bordering on the Central Asian countries may entail a humanitarian crisis and an upsurge in the number of refugees in the region, which certainly makes us feel worried,” she said.

In connection with this, Russia is calling upon both conflicting parties to swiftly terminate the hostilities and begin constructive peace talks. “Once again I should say it is essential to have this confirmed not only by words, but by real action,” Zakharova said.

Meanwhile, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Afghansitan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib met in Moscow on Friday.

“Nikolai Patrushev and Hamdullah Mohib focused their attention on the security situation in Afghanistan amid the withdrawal of Western military contingents and on the degradation of the military political situation in the north of Afghanistan,” the Russian Security Council press office said.

Patrushev and Mohib also discussed issues around the progress of and prospects for the intra-Afghan peace dialogue, and further bilateral cooperation between Russia and Afghanistan within multilateral formats, including among security and law enforcement agencies. “The sides discussed in detail issues of combating terrorism and drug-related crimes, cooperation in the trade and economic, and military-technical spheres,” it noted.

 

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