Speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Lavrov said: “The question of international recognition of the Taliban at the present juncture is not on the table.”
Reuters quoted Lavrov as telling journalists that Mali had sought help from a private Russian military firm to in combating insurgents.
Mali’s year-old military junta is close to a deal to recruit the Russian private military contractors the Wagner Group, sources have told Reuters, triggering opposition from France, which has said it was “incompatible” with a continued French presence in the West African state. read more
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres believes the Taliban’s quest for global recognition is the only leverage other nations have to press for an inclusive government in Afghanistan.