Russian international minister in Pakistan, Afghanistan talks to dominate agenda

ISLAMABAD: Russia‘s international minister arrived Tuesday in Pakistan for a two-day go to anticipated to deal with efforts to deliver peace to neighboring Afghanistan.
Sergey Lavrov‘s go to comes as a Could 1 deadline for US troops to depart Afghanistan according to a deal Washington signed a 12 months in the past with the Taliban appears more and more unlikely.
The US has accelerated efforts to get a peace deal for Afghanistan however can also be searching for a three-to-six month extension on the troop withdrawal deadline amid repeated statements from President Joe Biden that America desires to finish its longest warfare. That is in keeping with officers aware of the talks who spoke to The Related Press on situation of anonymity to debate the negotiations.
The Taliban have warned towards overstepping the deadline and threatened extra assaults together with an finish to a moratorium on assaults towards US and NATO troops.
Afghanistan has seen a nationwide spike in bombings, focused killings, and violence on the battlefield as peace negotiations in Qatar between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities have stalled.
Lavrov heads a 13-member delegation that features Moscow’s particular consultant for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov. Russia has intensified efforts to interject itself as a key participant within the peace push and final month, Moscow hosted Taliban and Afghan authorities officers for a one-day assembly.
Following a 10-year occupation and hundreds of troopers who died in Afghanistan, the Soviets negotiated their exit from Afghanistan in February, 1989, after so-called proximity talks between Afghanistan’s communist authorities and the US-backed mujahedeen, a lot of whom are actually within the Taliban whereas others are warlords linked to the Kabul authorities.
Three years later the pro-Moscow authorities led by President Najibullah, who used just one title, fell to the mujahedeen.
Lavrov’s go to to Pakistan is the primary by a Russian international minister in 9 years. Pakistan’s Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi mentioned in a video assertion Tuesday that the go to is indicative of a better relationship between the 2 international locations.
Russia’s prime diplomat arrives from India. Whereas in Pakistan, Lavrov will meet Prime Minister Imran Khan, who just lately recovered from Covid-19, in addition to Pakistan’s highly effective military chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa.
“Pakistan and Russia are working collectively within the Afghan peace course of,” Qureshi mentioned within the video assertion.

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