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Pakistan, US, China and Russia agree to continue to cooperate with Taliban – Middle East and Africa

Kyodo News

Islamabad, Pakistan
Fri 12 November 2021

Middle East and Africa
Taliban, US, China, Afghanistan, Agreement

A group of four countries known as the “Extended Afghanistan Troika” agreed Thursday to continue to work with the Taliban regime to encourage moderation in its positions.

A joint statement issued by special envoys from Pakistan, the United States, China and Russia after a meeting in Islamabad said they “agreed to continue practical cooperation with the Taliban to support the implementation of moderate and prudent policies.” that can help achieve stable and prosperous policies.” Afghanistan as soon as possible.”

It was the group’s first meeting since the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital, Kabul, in mid-August.

The country has since faced a dual humanitarian and economic crisis.

The situation has further deteriorated due to the lack of international recognition of the Taliban over human rights concerns, especially girls’ education, terrorism, difficulties in providing humanitarian aid and access for aid workers, and permission for those who want to leave the country .

However, several countries have kept their channels of communication with the Taliban open.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said: “Commitment to Afghanistan should not only be continued, but strengthened for several reasons.”

Pakistan has emerged as the leading advocate of the international community’s involvement with the Taliban, arguing that it would prevent Afghanistan from reverting to civil war, prevent economic collapse, deny room for terrorists and create a refugee crisis. appearance.

The participating countries also called on the Taliban to take a “friendly approach” to neighboring countries and to respect Afghanistan’s international legal obligations, including universally accepted principles of international law and fundamental human rights, and to ensure security. and protect the legitimate rights of foreigners and institutions in Afghanistan.

Acting Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, who was on a three-day visit to Pakistan and led a delegation, met the special envoys on the sidelines of the session.

A diplomatic source said the envoys reiterated their concerns about the Taliban and called for the formation of an inclusive and representative government, access to education for women and girls and prevent Afghan land from being used by terrorists against other countries.

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