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Recognizing the Taliban * and dealing with them are different things

The President of Russia, speaking on October 15 at a meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the CIS Member States, agreed with the President of Kazakhstan that there is no need to rush with the official recognition of the Taliban. “We understand that we need to interact with them, but we cannot rush to this either, we will also discuss and consult with you”– said Putin.

The Kremlin proceeds from the fact that the transitional government formed by the Taliban does not reflect the entire palette of Afghan society. At the same time, an intention to hold general elections has been announced, and measures are being taken to resume the normal operation of government bodies. “Together within the framework of the CIS, we will undoubtedly monitor that these promises are backed up by deeds, monitor this.”– emphasized the Russian president.

Moscow intends to support the process of inter-Afghan reconciliation and strive to normalize the situation in that country. At the same time, as Putin says, Russia “Can contribute to the resumption of the work of the expanded” troika “, meaning Russia, the United States and China with the participation of Pakistan”… The head of the Russian Federation asked his CIS colleagues to support this dialogue, as well as the discussion of Afghanistan in the Moscow format, in which the key countries of the region, including Central Asian, participate.

On October 19, Moscow will host international talks on the situation in Afghanistan with the participation of the United States, China and Pakistan, and the Taliban and other regional representatives, including those from Central Asian countries, will join the meeting a day later.

Earlier, the American publication Politico reported on the “invisible” holding by Uzbekistan “An aggressive information campaign with US officials in the hopes of forging closer ties between Washington and Tashkent.” “It looks like it’s working.”, – the publishers say Politico

Russian troops line up ahead of joint military exercises with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan north of the Tajik border with Afghanistan on Aug.10.

It turns out that it doesn’t look like it at all. The issue of deploying American troops in Uzbekistan to combat the threat of terrorism emanating from Afghanistan “is not worth it and is not discussed.” This was announced to journalists in Minsk, where the Council of Foreign Ministers of the CIS countries was held, by the head of the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov. His Russian colleague S. Lavrov also believes that “our Central Asian neighbors, allies, and strategic partners in contacts with us confirm that such visits are unacceptable for them.”

Kamilov's visit to Kabul

Kamilov’s visit to Kabul

Tashkent does not turn to the United States for help, relying on its own diplomacy. Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov paid an official visit to the Afghan capital in September, where the delegation of Uzbekistan held talks with the leadership of Afghanistan headed by the deputy head of the interim government for political affairs Mulla Abdul Kabir. The Taliban promised that there would never be any threat to the security of Uzbekistan from the territory of Afghanistan. The parties reached an agreement to hold joint negotiations in the near future, and they took place

A Taliban delegation led by the acting deputy head of the interim government of Afghanistan, Abdul Salam Hanafi, visited Uzbekistan on October 16. During the talks, which took place in border Termez, issues of cooperation in the field of trade, border security and humanitarian assistance were discussed, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said. The construction of a railway linking Termez with the Pakistani city of Peshawar via Afghan Mazar-i-Sharif and Kabul was also the focus of the meeting.

Meeting in Termez

Meeting in Termez

The meeting took place at a time when the government of the Islamic Emirate is seeking diplomatic recognition and is in dire need of foreign assistance to avoid a humanitarian disaster.

In an interview with TOLOnews, the head of the Afghan delegation, Hanafi, highlighted Tashkent’s agreement not to cut off electricity exports to Afghanistan, despite the fact that Kabul does not yet have the ability to pay for these supplies. He is also pleased that Uzbekistan will help to reopen the Mazar-i-Sharif airport. In general, the Afghans were satisfied with the results of the meeting and agreed to form working groups to implement the agreements.

As you can see, recognizing the Taliban and dealing with them are two different things.

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