Russia says lack of political diversity stands in the way of UN recognition of Afghan government
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday the world needed to work more closely with the Taliban government in Afghanistan, welcoming steps towards its recognition by the United Nations. The militant group seized power in Kabul last year as Western forces completed their withdrawal from the country.
Lavrov was meeting with Afghanistan’s Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in Tunxi, China.
“We are convinced that the international community must cooperate actively with the new Afghan government, encouraging steps towards its official recognition by the UN and all its member states,” he added. said Lavrov.
[Despite] lacking enough governance experience, financial and economic constraints, political and diplomatic pressure from the United States and its allies, the new Afghan administration generally manages to keep the state afloat.
At the same time, Lavrov said the lack of diversity was “the main obstacle” on the road to recognition of the Taliban government around the world. “I am talking about the absence of people in official positions, who not only represent different ethnic groups, but also … religious minorities and [different] political forces”.
Lavrov added that the first diplomat sent by the Taliban to Moscow has already received accreditation.
The Taliban returned to power after taking Kabul last year. They previously ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001 until they were overthrown during the US invasion of the country.
The last Western forces left Afghanistan in August 2021.
The UN has so far not recognized the Taliban’s choice for a new envoy to the body. However, it decided this month to officially reestablish an office in the country.
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