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Moscow is ready to facilitate the lifting of sanctions by the UN security Council with the Taliban (not a terrorist organization). This was stated by the presidential special representative on Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov, according to the RIA Novosti news Agency.
“We basically are ready, but it is a matter of consensus. 15 members of the UN security Council, and the key of them — the permanent five (members). If we agree — Yes. Time, apparently, this came. Because, limiting diplomatic maneuver of the representatives of the Taliban movement, we are promoting national reconciliation will not help,” said Kabulov.
He also spoke about the diplomatic efforts of the US in talks on Afghanistan. “The special representative of the Department of state (USA) is making Herculean efforts to arrange a dignified US withdrawal from the prolonged war, they have certain achievements, but, in my opinion, while drinking champagne is premature,” — said the diplomat.
On 6 February, the head of the delegation of the Taliban in Moscow Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai said that the Taliban did not intend the power to seize Afghanistan. According to him, such actions “will not bring peace” to the country.
In January, the American delegation agreed with the Taliban on the principles of the peace agreement. It was noted that the agreement, though preliminary, was a breakthrough in the conflict resolution process, which lasts since 2001.
The Taliban was formed in 1994, in the midst of civil war in Afghanistan. In 1996-2001 the Taliban were in power in the country, and after the overthrow in 2001, began to conduct a guerrilla war with government troops and NATO forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Currently, the Taliban and the government are looking for ways to reach a political compromise.
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