US involvement in Afghanistan led to tragedy: Putin


The United States’ involvement in Afghanistan has led to tragedy, Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Wednesday, one week earlier than Russia is because of host the Taliban in Moscow.

After the United States and its allies withdrew their troops earlier this yr after 20 years on the bottom, the Taliban seized energy in a lightning advance and the earlier authorities collapsed.

A Moscow format assembly is scheduled for October 20 that can even focus on the potential for holding a convention on Afghanistan below the auspices of the UN, the Russian overseas minister mentioned.

Addressing a information convention within the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan on Tuesday, Sergey Lavrov mentioned Moscow is presently ready for a response from the invited events, together with the Taliban.

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“We hope they realise the importance of this event,” he mentioned. “As for humanitarian assistance, we, together with a number of other countries, want to propose, in particular, during the ‘Moscow format’ meeting, to hold a conference under the auspices of the UN to provide assistance, including humanitarian assistance to this country.”

The Moscow format is a negotiation mechanism established in 2017 to handle Afghan points. It consists of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, and different nations. It held a number of rounds of talks in Moscow in 2017 and 2018.

The Taliban captured Kabul on Aug 15, forcing the president and different high officers to go away the nation. They have fashioned an interim authorities headed by Hasan Akhund.

World powers have referred to as on the group to type an inclusive authorities that’s consultant of the nation’s ethnic range.

Meanwhile, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi is internet hosting a digital particular G20 summit to debate Afghanistan.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged for instant motion in Afghanistan. In a tweet, he mentioned: “The economy of Afghanistan is breaking down. Banks are closing and essential services, such as healthcare, have been suspended in many places. I urge the world to take action and inject liquidity into the Afghan economy to avoid collapse.”

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