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Russia, China: Regional Countries Important for Afghanistan Situation

Russia and China, in a joint statement, have emphasized the importance of the role of regional countries in solving Afghanistan's problems.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who arrived in Beijing on an official visit yesterday, also discussed Afghanistan with his Chinese counterpart and other officials of this country.

Russia's TASS news agency reported: "The sides note and support the active and constructive role of regional venues for the political settlement of the Afghan problem - the Moscow format of consultations on Afghanistan, the mechanism of Afghanistan's neighboring countries, the regional Quartet of Russia-China-Iran-Pakistan, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.”

Simultaneously, Russia's special envoy for Afghanistan, in an interview with TASS, said that the "Taliban" are neither Russia's enemies nor its top friends.

While Zamir Kabulov described Moscow's relations with Kabul as expanding, he also mentioned that there are political limitations in this regard.

TASS wrote: "According to Kabulov, relations between Russia and the Taliban are on the rise but "there are certain political limits." "Russia has not yet officially recognized the current regime in Kabul. But we maintain relations via our embassy in Kabul. We have allowed a Taliban mission operate in Russia at the level of a charge d’affaires and have a military and trade attaches.”

Idris Mohammadi Zazi, a political analyst, said: "Both countries are important in terms of economy and politics. Recently, the Islamic Emirate has had good political and diplomatic relations with both countries, and they can reach a unified stance regarding the Islamic Emirate."

Aziz Stanikzai, another political analyst, said, "In the current policy of Afghanistan towards foreign countries interested in Afghan affairs, the national interests of Afghanistan and foreign countries should be considered."

The Islamic Emirate has not commented on this matter so far; however, it previously described the meetings of Russia's special envoy with Indian officials regarding Afghanistan as indicative of good regional coordination and said that countries should cooperate with the Islamic Emirate considering the current progress and security in Afghanistan.

Russia, China: Regional Countries Important for Afghanistan Situation

While Zamir Kabulov described Moscow's relations with Kabul as expanding, he also mentioned that there are political limitations in this regard.

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Russia and China, in a joint statement, have emphasized the importance of the role of regional countries in solving Afghanistan's problems.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who arrived in Beijing on an official visit yesterday, also discussed Afghanistan with his Chinese counterpart and other officials of this country.

Russia's TASS news agency reported: "The sides note and support the active and constructive role of regional venues for the political settlement of the Afghan problem - the Moscow format of consultations on Afghanistan, the mechanism of Afghanistan's neighboring countries, the regional Quartet of Russia-China-Iran-Pakistan, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.”

Simultaneously, Russia's special envoy for Afghanistan, in an interview with TASS, said that the "Taliban" are neither Russia's enemies nor its top friends.

While Zamir Kabulov described Moscow's relations with Kabul as expanding, he also mentioned that there are political limitations in this regard.

TASS wrote: "According to Kabulov, relations between Russia and the Taliban are on the rise but "there are certain political limits." "Russia has not yet officially recognized the current regime in Kabul. But we maintain relations via our embassy in Kabul. We have allowed a Taliban mission operate in Russia at the level of a charge d’affaires and have a military and trade attaches.”

Idris Mohammadi Zazi, a political analyst, said: "Both countries are important in terms of economy and politics. Recently, the Islamic Emirate has had good political and diplomatic relations with both countries, and they can reach a unified stance regarding the Islamic Emirate."

Aziz Stanikzai, another political analyst, said, "In the current policy of Afghanistan towards foreign countries interested in Afghan affairs, the national interests of Afghanistan and foreign countries should be considered."

The Islamic Emirate has not commented on this matter so far; however, it previously described the meetings of Russia's special envoy with Indian officials regarding Afghanistan as indicative of good regional coordination and said that countries should cooperate with the Islamic Emirate considering the current progress and security in Afghanistan.

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