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Russia holds consultations with the US and China on the situation in Afghanistan

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said on Monday that the Afghan President “deserves to be tried” for having fled the country.

Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov this Monday consulted US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the Taliban’s rise to power in Afghanistan.

According to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry, Lavrov and Blinken discussed, in a telephone conversation, “the situation in Afghanistan following the flight of President Ashraf Ghani from the country” and “the de facto regime change underway”.

Lavrov briefed Blinken on consultations between the Russian embassy in Kabul and representatives of all Afghan political forces to ensure stability, law, and order in the country.

For his part, Blinken gave an explanation about the measures taken by the US to evacuate its staff from the diplomatic delegation and spoke about other humanitarian issues.

The two diplomats agreed to continue consultations, involving China, Pakistan, and other interested countries, as well as the UN, to create the conditions “for an inclusive dialogue between Afghans”.

In turn, Lavrov and Wang advocated coordinating foreign policy positions on what happened in Afghanistan and “its impact on the region.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said on Monday that the Afghan President “deserves to be tried” for having fled the country.

“He didn’t leave (Afghanistan), he fled. And he fled in the most shameful way. But what really happened: he was elected in a dubious way, he ruled badly and ended up in a shameful way. He deserves to be judged by the Afghan people.” stated on television.

At the same time, he called for there to be no rush to recognize the Taliban, a decision that will depend on their behavior now that they have taken power.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the situation in the country is stabilizing in the face of “the total absence, in practice, of resistance from the national army, trained by the US and its allies”.

However, he called on all parties to refrain from resorting to violence and help resolve the situation peacefully.

Source: with Agencies

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