• publish: 26 September 2021
  • time: 1:54 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 18852

Russia: Taliban recognition not on the table

International recognition of the Taliban government is not currently under consideration, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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.

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