Oct 20, 2021
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The third consultative meeting on Afghanistan was held in Moscow

Taliban claims of full control over the situation are hardly true

On October 20, the President-Hotel on Bolshaya Yakimanka hosted the third meeting of the Moscow-based negotiation format on Afghanistan, initiated in 2017. The focus of the meeting participants is the military-political situation in the country after the Taliban regime * was confirmed in power (the group is banned in the Russian Federation), the provision of humanitarian aid and the formation of an “inclusive government”.

“We are satisfied with the level of practical interaction with the Afghan authorities, which allows at the current stage to effectively solve the primary tasks of ensuring the security of Russian citizens living in Afghanistan, the smooth functioning of our embassy in Kabul,”

– stated, opening the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov… The coming to power of the new administration is a “fait accompli” that places great responsibility on it. The head of the foreign policy department noted the “Efforts to stabilize the military-political situation, to improve the activities of the state apparatus”

Sergey Lavrov

At the same time, there is a threat masquerading as migration of the spread of terrorist and narcotic activity into the territory of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries.

In the near future, Russia will send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, on which the country, gripped by a protracted conflict, critically depends. Earlier it became known about the agreement reached by the Taliban and the Americans in Doha on the delivery of humanitarian aid and assistance to charitable organizations. The evacuation from the Kabul airport continues for those whom they did not manage to take out earlier, and for whom, apparently, there is no place in the “new” Afghanistan. Seeking to demonstrate “good behavior”, the Kabul authorities are calling on the White House to unfreeze the reserves of the Central Bank of Afghanistan, amounting to nearly 10 billion dollars.

The Americans ignored the Moscow meeting for reasons of “logistics”, which caused regret on the Russian side. On the eve it became known about the resignation of the long-term US representative for Afghanistan, a native of the Pashtun tribe light Zalmaya Khalilzadeh, who played a significant role in the formation of the “Afghan” strategy of the White House, mainly under the republican administrations. Khalilzad’s successor was his deputy Thomas Westdue to visit Russia in November.

Abdul Salam Hanafi

The Kabul authorities in Moscow were represented by a delegation led by a native of the Jowzjan province Abdul Salam Hanafi, who was appointed deputy head of the de facto government of Afghanistan. In addition to him (an Uzbek) and two Tajiks, the rest of the Taliban leadership are representatives of the Pashtun majority, divided into rival tribal associations and clans.

“We call on the international community to recognize the current government of Afghanistan. For the first time, our people have an inclusive government. Our people hope that the international community will formally engage with its cabinet. Isolating Afghanistan is not in anyone’s interest. And this has already been proven in the past “,

– said Hanafi, confident that “The current Afghan government has been able to guarantee the sustainability of the governance system in all corners of the country for the first time after more than 40 years of war and destruction.”… In his opinion, Afghanistan now has “A political structure with a clear hierarchy and a single military command”, a “The situation in Afghanistan is stable and there will be no threat from our territory for near and distant countries”

Zamir Kabulov and Mullah Delaware

Of course, this is hardly true after many decades of armed conflict. Despite the exaggerated reports about the “successes” of the anti-Taliban forces in a number of provinces, one cannot speak of a complete cessation of resistance. The recent terrorist attacks with many casualties, including those in the Kandahar Shura citadel, raise some questions about the true attitude of the Taliban leadership towards terrorists, and especially their “power” bloc, where the influential pro-Pakistani Haqqani clan is abundantly represented. Thus, the Minister of Internal Affairs of the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” Sirajuddin Haqqani (son of the notorious Jalaluddin Haqqani, one of the prominent figures of the former Taliban regime) encouraged in a fashionable Kabul hotel Intercontinental relatives of the perished suicide bombers, giving them 10 thousand Afghans (more than $ 110) and clothes, as well as promises of land.

Sirajuddin Haqqani presents awards to relatives of terrorists

It should be noted that the Uzbek origin of the head of the Taliban delegation sent to Moscow is interpreted by some observers as a sign of the loss of interest of the predominantly “Pashtun” regime in the Moscow negotiating platform. Perhaps this is partly true, but the Afghan delegation included a native of Paktia province, acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttakipledged to “A commitment to prevent the threat of security to other countries from the territory of Afghanistan”

Meanwhile, the number of negotiation platforms is multiplying. Earlier, the Taliban visited Qatar and Turkey. A week later, the foreign ministers of six countries – Afghanistan’s immediate neighbors will meet in Tehran, and on November 10-11, a meeting of the National Security Councils of the region’s countries with the participation of Russia, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will be held in New Delhi.

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Cover photo: Taliban delegation in Moscow, source – RIA Novosti

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