DUSHANBE (RIA Novosti): No one is in a hurry to officially recognize the Taliban, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“The Taliban have not yet been recognized by any country. Everyone is talking about the need to have contacts with them on current issues, first of all, on security issues, respect for the rights of citizens, and ensure the normal functioning of diplomatic missions. But no one is in a hurry with official recognition.”, – Lavrov told reporters.
The minister noted that the Taliban proclaimed their goals, including “the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and also assured everyone else that they will do everything so that no threats to neighboring countries come from the territory of Afghanistan and that they have no intention of destabilizing neighboring countries. countries that will form an inclusive government that will reflect the full spectrum of Afghan society.”
“We, like the overwhel-ming majority of countries in the world, welcomed this approach and are now watching how it will be implemented. Of course, too little time has passed to draw final conclusions,” Lavrov told reporters.
“At this stage … we maintain contacts with them on current issues, primarily on issues that relate to the removal of any risks for our Central Asian neighbors,” the Russian Foreign Minister said . …
“We do not impose anything on the Taliban, no conditions. They themselves declared their goals, including, they declared their commitment to the further fight against terrorism, the fight against drug trafficking, assured everyone else that they will do everything to prevent any threats from neighboring countries and that they have no intention of destabilizing neighboring countries and that they will form an inclusive government that reflects the full spectrum of Afghan society, political, ethnic, and confessional balance,” Lavrov told reporters.
The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry also commented on the situation with the participation of Afghanistan in the upcoming SCO summit.
“Afghanistan is an observer in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, observers are always invited to the SCO summits, so it was this time. Former President Ghani received a timely invitation to an event to be held here tomorrow, and we all proceeded from this,” Lavrov told reporters.
“What happened in Afghanistan when President Ghani fled the country, deciding to leave his post in order, as he explained, to avoid bloodshed … the situation has changed,” the minister added.