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Russia worried over Afghanistan situation

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KABUL: With the new government in Afghanistan still unrecognized by the world and an economic and humanitarian crisis looming, Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has said that lack of recognition of the Taliban, socio-economic and humanitarian challenges has made Afghanistan very unstable.

Sergey Lavrov in his speech in Moscow Format on Thursday said that the new government settlement in Kabul does not have an alternative for the foreseeable future.

The Moscow Format is attended by representatives from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, and India.

Sergey Lavrov has also called on the US- did not participate in the Format- to keep readiness cooperate on the situation of Afghanistan.

“Terror groups like Al-Qaida and Islamic State may take advantage of the instability in Afghanistan and may scale up their attacks across Afghanistan.” Said Lavrov.

The Russian foreign minister also expressed concern over drug and terror overflow from Afghanistan to regional countries and asked the Taliban to live up to their promises and do not let their soil threaten other countries.

In the meantime, Afghanistan’s deputy PM Abdul Salaam Hanafi who is leading the Taliban’s delegation acknowledged that Afghanistan’s soil will not be used to threaten other countries and added to be acting as a responsible government that is protecting national and international values.

Hanafi asked the international community to recognize their government and seek positive interaction with the Taliban.

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