Representatives and officials from more than 10 countries exchanged views on the Afghan situation in the "Moscow Format" meeting on Afghanistan that began on Wednesday.
The meeting was hosted by Russia and participants discussed the political, economic and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
Russian envoy Zamir Kabulov said: "We have to provide a comprehensive solution to the Afghan economic issue."
“In our opinion, the main responsibility for this rests with the collective West. Those who drove the country for 20 years to the current deplorable state, as well as shamelessly continued economically suffocating the country by holding the frozen national assets of Afghanistan,” he said.
In our bilateral interaction with the current authorities, we attach priority to the developments of political, economic ties and contributing to the intra-Afghan settlement,” Kabulov added.
The Indian Foreign Ministry’s Joint Secretary JP Singh called for joint work to ensure that the “voice” of the Afghans is not lost.
“We all need to work together to ensure that the voice and aspiration of Afghans is not lost and reassure them that we are standing with them at this difficult time,” he said.
The Pakistan special envoy for Afghanistan, Sadeq Khan, called for support for Afghans.
“As we speak, millions of Afghans are in desperate need of urgent humanitarian support including food, medicine and essential life supply,” he said.
The Chinese special envoy on Afghan affairs, Yue Xiaoyong: “The United States… shamelessly seized the $7 billion assets of Afghan Central Bank and suspended all development aid,” he said.
The Iran special envoy for Afghanistan, Hassan Kazimi Qomi, said that there will be a meeting of the regional foreign ministers in Tehran.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate said that such meetings in which there is no representative from Kabul are not effective.
“Any kind of talks and matters are not effective without the presence of the representative from Afghanistan. The borders of Afghanistan are secured better than any time before the Islamic Emirate came to power,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
“If there was a representative from the Islamic Emirate in the meeting, it would benefit the region and Afghanistan,” said Janat Chakari, a political analyst.
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