Russia to Take Part in Tehran Conference on Afghanistan

Russia to Take Part in Tehran Conference on Afghanistan
Russia to Take Part in Tehran Conference on Afghanistan

Russia will participate in the ministerial conference of Afghanistan’s neighbors scheduled for October 27 in Tehran, according to its special presidential representative for Afghanistan.
Zamir Kabulov told Sputnik that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov can possibly deliver an address at the event. 
Tehran is set to host top diplomats from Afghanistan’s six neighbors plus Russia for a one-day conference where participants would continue their earlier talks held virtually in September.
Besides Russia, the event will be attended by foreign ministers from China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, who all have land borders with Afghanistan. 
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the discussions will center on ways to help form an inclusive government and restore peace and stability in Afghanistan after the United States’ irresponsible exit and the Taliban takeover. 
The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and toppled the Taliban from power. This year, however, the groups seized back control after the abrupt withdrawal of US-led coalition forces.
Concerns have intensified after a series of attacks by the Afghan affiliate of the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group on mosques and other targets that have killed hundreds of people.  
Tehran’s conference follows consultations held last week in Moscow, with the participation of special representatives and senior officials from Russia, China, Pakistan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Iran, as well as a high-level delegation of the interim Afghan government.
At the end of the event, the attendants adopted a joint statement where they reiterated their respect to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and called on the current Afghan leadership to take further steps to improve governance and to form a truly inclusive government that adequately reflects the interests of all major ethno-political forces in the country. 
The sides also reaffirmed their willingness to continue to promote security in Afghanistan to contribute to regional stability.

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