Talking at an MGIMO University in Uzbekistan, Lavrov said, “This is manifested most vividly on the Afghan track where Russia and Uzbekistan act hand in hand. They perceive national reconciliation and the creation of favourable conditions that would allow all ethnic, political and social groups, as well as religious denominations, to feel comfortable in Afghanistan as the only goal that can pacify the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.”
Expressing frustration about the recent tensions between US-Iran, the acting minister has called the decision of JCPOA’s disappointed. “The decision of the JCPOA’s European participants to launch the dispute resolution mechanism, as stipulated in paragraph 36 of the JCPOA, and their appeal on this matter to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy who coordinates the work of the JCPOA’s Joint Commission is profoundly disappointing and of serious concern.”
This comes as Lavrov has earlier expressed optimism for a peace deal between US-Taliban that can pave the ground for direct-Afghan-talks. It is worth mentioning that Moscow has so far hosted two rounds of intra-Afghan-talks in 2019. The country has also announced its support to the peace negotiations which are currently under discussion between US top negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban Political Office in Qatar’s capital, Doha.