The current situation in Afghanistan was reviewed in the 5th meeting of the MFC held on Friday in the southwestern city of Kazan in Russia and the member countries exchanged their views.
Countries participating in the Moscow Format Consultations (MFC) on Afghanistan asked the Taliban to form an inclusive government in the country, ensuring the protection of the interests of all ethnopolitical groups. Also asked to intensify action against anti-terrorism and drug smugglers.
The current situation in Afghanistan was reviewed in the 5th meeting of the MFC held on Friday in the southwestern city of Kazan in Russia and the member countries exchanged their views. The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that special representatives and senior officials of India, Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan attended the meeting. The acting Foreign Minister of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and representatives of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey were also present in the meeting.
The statement said the meeting emphasized Afghanistan’s integration into regional security and regional economic processes. The members believed that America and its allies should immediately lift the freeze on Afghan assets because they have the main responsibility for rebuilding the Afghan economy after a long conflict. The statement also said that the withdrawal of US or NATO troops from Afghanistan or its neighboring countries under any pretext is not acceptable.
Assurance of continuing humanitarian assistance
The statement said that all partner countries assured to continue humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan. The Kazan Declaration was adopted after the meeting. According to the report of Afghanistan-based Khaama Press, during the United Nations meeting earlier this week, 11 countries had put pressure on the Taliban government over the violation of women’s rights and demanded an end to violence against women and girls. These countries included America, France, Britain, and Japan.