Russia welcomes Taliban ‘diplomat’, praises jihadists for ‘human rights’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced Thursday that Moscow has accredited its first diplomatic representative of the Taliban, even though Russia considers the regime that violently took control of Afghanistan last summer as a terrorist organization.

Lavrov told the third meeting of foreign ministers of countries neighboring Afghanistan that Moscow recognized and welcomed the unnamed Taliban diplomat in February.

“We are convinced that the international community should cooperate actively with the new Afghan government, encouraging steps towards its official recognition by the UN and all its participants,” Lavrov said. declared.

The Russian Foreign Minister had a few words of critical for the “insufficient representativeness” of the Taliban regime – a rather delicate way of saying that the government is entirely run by extremist men who expelled girls from school again – but bizarrely praised the Taliban for their success in “fighting terrorism and human rights”.

Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (AFP/JOHN THYS)

Lavrov said the Taliban was working hard to “broaden diplomatic and economic ties”, hinting that a little more “inclusiveness” could remove the remaining obstacles to widespread international recognition of the ugly regime.

Lavrov also took advantage of the summit of Afghanistan’s neighbors in China to to accuse the United States “to try to avoid future responsibility for the citizens and refugees of Afghanistan” by keeping sanctions in place against the Taliban regime.

“The United States, through its influence at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, is hindering the implementation of social programs in Afghanistan,” he said.

Free Radio Europe (RFE) noted that while few nations around the world officially recognize the Taliban as the legitimate rulers of Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council made a major diplomatic concession to the terror group on March 17 by voting to establish relations diplomatic with the regime.

the UN noted he opened relations with the Taliban on behalf of the suffering Afghan people, saying that humanitarian aid could not be effectively delivered to them without involving local officials. Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia abstained in the vote, saying he had not gone far enough to recognize the Taliban or secure their consent for UN operations in Afghanistan.

Russia was one of the countries that had sworn not to recognize the Taliban regime. The last ambassador to Moscow of the ousted US-backed Afghan government, Said Jawad, noted in October, the Russian Foreign Ministry assured him that “recognition of the Taliban regime is not even on the table”.


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