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Sunday 19 September 2021
 Kabul Local Time
28 Sunbula 1400, 09:53 AM

Remarks by MoFA Press Office in response to media queries regarding recent assertions by Zamir Kabulov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Afghanistan

KABUL – We assessed the recent remarks by Zamir Kabulov, Russian president's special envoy to Afghanistan, in media outlets about the Taliban's readiness for a political solution and “the Taliban’s potential for military takeover”.

Since the signing of the Doha Agreement, the Taliban have consistently violated their commitments and obligations to reduce violence, sever ties with terrorist groups, negotiate a ceasefire, and reach a political settlement. The Taliban's actions reflect the fact that contrary to their claims, they are not ready for a political solution to Afghanistan’s crisis.

In return, the Afghan government has fulfilled all its obligations, including the release of more than 6,000 Taliban prisoners, and has consistently emphasized substantive negotiations on key issues, including an immediate ceasefire. To this end, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has formed a competent negotiating team and has participated with full commitment in the Doha peace talks, including the recent third round. In addition, to demonstrate its seriousness and commitment to the peace process, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan recently dispatched a high-level political delegation to Doha to support the Republic's negotiating team and advance peace talks with the Taliban. However, despite all these efforts, there is still no sign of commitment by the Taliban to cease violence, refrain from military solution, and reach a political settlement.

If Mr. Kabulov has access to reliable and specific information and findings that demonstrate the Taliban’s true will to peacefully resolve the war, we would welcome sharing such information with us in order to advance the peace process.

In our view, raising the possibility of the Taliban’s military takeover of political power is in contradiction to the Extended Troika Declaration in Moscow and the UN Security Council Resolution 2513, and the international community's strong opposition to the return of the Taliban Emirate.

We appreciate Russia's peace efforts within the framework of Moscow format, Extended Troika, and the UN Security Council. We expect our international partners to hold the Taliban accountable for their commitments and to exert necessary pressure on them to end the bloodshed and agree to a political solution through real and meaningful negotiations based on the international community’s demand, particularly the Extended Troika member states and supporting countries of the UN Security Council Resolution 2513.

MoFA Welcomes Remarks by Spokesperson of Russian Foreign Ministry

KABUL – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan commends the goodwill of the Russian Federation for a peaceful resolution of Afghanistan’s crisis through constructive peace negotiations.

Although not a direct party to the Doha Peace Agreement, the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has fulfilled all obligations, including the release of more than 6000 Taliban prisoners.

The government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has always emphasized peaceful settlement of conflict and is committed to meaningful peace talks leading to a comprehensive ceasefire and lasting peace in Afghanistan.

However, as the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan almost completed, the Taliban have intensified their attacks.

While appreciating regional and international support to our gains over the last two decades under the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, we call for establishment of an international committee to monitor the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2513.

The monitoring of the committee will clearly affirm that the Taliban, while not fulfilling their commitments to peace, have escalated violence to a level that even threatens the security and stability of the region.

Foreign Minister Speaks with Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan

KABUL – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Kabul, Mr. Dmitry Zhirnov.

Speaking about his recent visit to Moscow, Mr. Atmar thanked the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the warm and cordial reception extended to him and his accompanying delegation, and highlighted the achievements of the visit in expanding bilateral relations in the political, security and economic arenas.

The Russian ambassador to Kabul talked about holding the Afghan peace talks in Moscow, and informed Mr. Atmar of invitations extended to the Afghan government leaders and politicians.

The Afghan Foreign Minister discussed the significant role of Russian Federation in strengthening the regional and international consensus for achieving a sustainable peace in Afghanistan adding that soon he would share the perspectives of the Afghan government with Russia regarding the Moscow meeting.

Foreign Minister Leaves for Moscow

KABUL – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, will arrive in Moscow on Wednesday evening at the official invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov heading a high-level delegation as part of a three-day visit to the Russian Federation.

The purpose of the visit is to expand bilateral relations, strengthen regional and international consensus on the Afghan peace process, and to increase cooperation in the joint fight against terrorism and organized crime in the region.

During his visit to Moscow, Mr. Atmar is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and a number of high-ranking Russian government officials.

Acting Foreign Minister Meets with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Kabul

KABUL – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the Russian Ambassador to Kabul Mr. Dmitry Zhirnov, this afternoon.

The Acting Foreign Minister thanked the Russian Federation for its cooperation with Afghanistan over the past nineteen years. Mr. Atmar also reflected on Russia's significant role in supporting the Afghan peace process.

The two sides discussed the progress in Afghanistan Peace Negotiations, the need for a comprehensive and immediate ceasefire, reduction of violence and its monitoring mechanism. They also stressed on preserving the achievements of the past nineteen years.

Mr. Zhirnov said that the start of peace talks between the government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban was a positive step towards achieving a lasting peace.

In closing, both sides stressed on the importance of further strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation between Afghanistan and Russia.

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