NEW YORK (TASS): The American delegation expects to hold a meeting in the coming days in the format of an expanded “troika” (Russia, USA, China, Pakistan) on an Afghan peace settlement. This was stated on Tuesday by US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, speaking at the annual security forum organized by the Aspen Institute in Colorado. The conference is broadcast on the Institute’s website.
Khalilzad stressed that in the process of a peaceful settlement, the United States hopes to “achieve mutual understanding with other” parties, in particular, colleagues from European countries. “In addition, there is an expanded troika, which we organized a couple of years ago together with Russia, China and Pakistan,” he continued. “I will meet with them again in the coming days.”
Earlier, the Russian president’s special envoy for Afghanistan, director of the Second Asia Department of the Foreign Ministry Zamir Kabulov said that the next meeting of the members of the expanded troika would be held in early August in Doha. At the same time, he noted that he is in constant contact with Khalilzad.
On April 14, US President Joe Biden announced his decision to end the operation in Afghanistan, which became the longest overseas military campaign in American history. Against this background, the Islamic republic is witnessing a deterioration in the security situation due to the fact that the Taliban (banned in the Russian Federation) militants are stepping up their offensive in a number of directions.
According to the representatives of the movement, the Taliban managed to establish control over about 85% of the country’s territory, including areas along the border with five states: Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said last Wednesday that the situation in Afghanistan is rapidly degrading and is practically out of the control of the authorities.