Russia assures Afghan Taliban of continued cooperation
Russian president's special envoy meets top acting Afghan diplomat, says Moscow wants stability in Afghanistan
By Islamuddin Sajid
ISLAMABAD (AA) -
Russia on Thursday assured the Afghan Taliban administration of continued cooperation, saying it does not want Afghanistan to be isolated from the world community.
According to a statement issued by the Afghan Foreign Ministry, the assurance came during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin's Special Envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov, and Afghan acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in Kabul.
“Russia wants stability and development in Afghanistan and does not want to criticize Afghanistan and interfere in its internal affairs like Western countries,” Kabulov was quoted as saying in the statement.
“Russia does not want Afghanistan to be isolated from the international community and both countries should make joint efforts in this regard,” he added.
Muttaqi thanked Russia for providing all facilitation to Afghan Embassy in Moscow and said the Taliban interim government is keen to expand its diplomatic presence in Moscow.
"Russia has a special place in Afghanistan's foreign policy," said Muttaqi.
He also discussed the oil, gas, and wheat import from Russia and the enhancement of bilateral trade between the two countries.
The Russian envoy also assured Muttaqi of continued cooperation with Afghanistan in different fields and said Kabul can play an important role in the development of trade between Pakistan, Central Asia, and Russia.
Kabulov also condemned the explosion near the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday and expressed grief over the loss of precious lives.
"The enemies are trying to make Afghanistan unsafe," he said.