Russia said on Tuesday that the Taliban appeared ready for a “political settlement”. The statement came as US troops still withdraw from Afghanistan, and Taliban fighters still fight the Afghan army for more territory in Afghanistan.
Recent rounds of talks have proved inconclusive as a results of the militants’ success on the battlefield,
Russia’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, told a gathering on Tuesday that the Taliban appeared able to consider the political offer made by the opposite parties to the talks. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai was also present on the occasion.
Russia’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Kabulov, said most of the Taliban leadership had been uninterested with fighting over the past 20 years which there was a requirement to seek out a political solution to the present stalemate. ۔
He added that given the statements and actions of Taliban groups, it appears that they’re ready for a political settlement.
But Kabulov added that from his point of view, it had been clear that a political solution should be presented.
His remarks came because the Taliban, taking advantage of the withdrawal of foreign troops, have laid siege to provincial capitals in several places after conquering dozens of Afghan districts and border crossings. The second round of talks between the Afghan government and therefore the Taliban in Qatar over the weekend proved to be inconclusive, because it was expected to steer to a weak social process .
Russia is keeping an in depth eye on the changing landscape of the Afghan conflict.
Afghanistan was occupied by Russian troops in 1979 and quite 14,000 Soviet soldiers were killed during the 10-year conflict.
Russia has hosted several rounds of talks in Moscow in recent years with Taliban representatives, one among which ended this month.
Russia is additionally exploring the likelihood of instability in Afghanistan affecting neighboring Central Asian countries, which were a part of the previous Soviet Union and where Russia still has major military bases.
Russian secretary of state Sergei Lavrov has said that Russia fears instability in Afghanistan could pose a threat to terrorism and increase drug traffic .