Only Way for Taliban is To Join Peace Process: Russia

Ghani Kabulov

President Ashraf Ghani met with Russian Special Envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov on Monday in Kabul and thanked Russia for its cooperation and recent military assistance.

During the meeting, Kabulov said that “the message of Russia is that the only address for peace talks is the Government of Afghanistan.”

“Taliban don’t have any ways other than going through this address; they have many internal problems and are divided into different groups,” Kabulov said.

He believes that the Taliban has internal issues and is split into different factions. He said the Taliban is not a capable force despite its show of power.

In addition to this he discussed, with Ghani, the cooperation over frameworks of the military and security agreements and also economic developments between the two countries.

Kabulov said that Russia’s leaders and especially President Vladimir Putin are concerned over the activities of Daesh in Afghanistan but that they have also praised the Afghan government’s efforts in fighting this phenomenon – especially in eastern parts of Afghanistan.

A Russian delegation will soon meet officials from Afghanistan’s Finance Ministry over economic development cooperation, he said.

A week ago, Russia delivered 10,000 AK-47s as the part of its military assistance to Afghanistan.

At an event last week, the Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar officially took delivery of the assault rifles from Russia and said the move was testimony to the friendship between the two nations.

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