Russia to continue talks with Pakistan, China over Afghan crisis

Russian FM Lavrov speaks with Chinese counterpart, discusses political coordination regarding situation in Afghanistan


Reuters August 16, 2021
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during an official visit to Islamabad. PHOTO: TWITTER/@mfa_russia

MOSCOW:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the situation in Afghanistan by phone and agreed to continue talks with China, Pakistan and the United Nations, Russia said on Monday.

The Russian foreign ministry said Blinken informed Lavrov about the actions the US administration is now undertaking, particularly about the evacuation of US embassy staff and solving acute humanitarian issues.

Lavrov told Blinken about Russia's view on the situation in Afghanistan and its contacts with political powers there in order to secure stability along with law and order.

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"The heads of foreign services agreed to continue consultations with representatives of China, Pakistan, other countries concerned and the UN to facilitate the creation of grounds for an inclusive inter-Afghan dialogue in the new conditions," the ministry said.

The Taliban seized Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on Sunday, prompting the United States and other countries to evacuate their citizens and diplomats, but Russia said the Taliban gave assurance that it was safe for the Russian embassy to continue its operations.

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Lavrov also spoke by phone with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, and discussed political coordination regarding the situation in Afghanistan and its implications for the region, the foreign ministry said.

 

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