The Russian special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, accuses Washington of attempting to build ties with armed opponents of the current Afghan government.
In an interview with Russia 24 TV, Kabulov added that the United States is seeking blackmail by freezing Afghan assets.
“They really want to avenge their shameful military-political defeat in Afghanistan and, in retaliation, they do everything so that peace is not established in this long-suffering land, but even worse is that, in addition to contacts with the armed opposition in Afghanistan, they secretly sponsor Daesh,” Kabulov said.
“Americans are using this tool as a pretext for blackmail. I promise to clear the never-ending case. To be frank, the authorities are currently using the humanitarian help that has been allotted to Afghanistan as a tool of pressure,” he said.
In reaction to the Russian special envoy’s remarks, the Islamic Emirate's spokesperson, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that the current government will not allow any country to interfere in Afghanistan. He reiterated that the Islamic Emirate seeks good ties with all countries.
“Afghanistan is an independent country. We do not want any country's interference here and we work to maintain good ties with all countries," Mujahid said.
Kabulov said that there will be a number of meetings regarding Afghanistan with participation from regional nations in the next months. He added that assisting the Afghan people will be on the agenda of these events.
“The US uses the blocking of the Afghan people's assets as a tool for political pressure and the most important negative impact of this pressure from the US is placing the Afghan people in a dire situation in terms of their economy and livelihood,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, the deputy minister of economy.
“The Islamic Emirate should strengthen its ties with all countries, including those in the region so that the US would no longer be able to interfere in Afghanistan,” said Abdul Jamil Shirani, a political analyst.
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