Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the United Nations on Saturday that international recognition of the Taliban is “not on the table at the moment.”
The Taliban’s promises include ensuring an inclusive government; respect for human rights, especially for women; And preventing Afghanistan from becoming a terrorist base.
But the interim Taliban government, Lavrov said, “fails to reflect the entire gamut of Afghan society – ethno-religious and political forces – so we continue to engage in contacts.”
He said Russia, the United States, China and Pakistan are working to fulfill promises made to the Taliban to take control of Afghanistan in mid-August. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that the Taliban’s desire for such recognition is the world’s only advantage.
“What is most important … is to ensure that the promises they have publicly announced [are] To be kept,” Lavrov added at the news conference on Saturday afternoon.
Lavrov addressed a range of topics, including the Iran nuclear deal and Russian mercenaries in Mali.
On Iran, Lavrov urged the US to do more to renegotiate the deal.
According to Agence France-Presse, Lavrov told reporters “it seems that he should be more proactive in resolving all issues related to the agreement”.
Negotiations between representatives of Iran, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany in Vienna have stalled, and Iran is no longer in compliance with the nuclear deal, Lavrov said, “simply because the United States has abandoned it.”
The deal was struck in 2015 and calls on Iran to undo most of its nuclear program and allow international surveillance. In return, it will get relief from sanctions. Former US President Donald Trump abandoned the deal in 2018 and Iran resumed nuclear activities. US President Joe Biden has said he wants to rejoin the deal if Iran returns to compliance.
Iran’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdullahian, said on Friday that talks would resume “very soon”, according to AFP, but Tehran was not specific about the time frame.
On Mali, Lavrov said the country turned to a private military company to help combat terrorism, which is opposed by France and the US. Lavrov said the Russian government had nothing to do with any agreement between Mali and Russia’s Wagner Group.
Earlier on Saturday at the annual meeting of the General Assembly, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was important that Afghanistan was not used to spread terrorism globally, and called on world leaders to protect women and children as well as the country. called upon to help the minorities.
The Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August following the US decision to withdraw troops from the country after a 20-year war started by the US and its allies following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda.
No ‘abuse’ of Afghan situation
“It is important to ensure that Afghanistan’s land is not used to spread terrorism and continue terrorist attacks,” Modi said.
Referring to the closed Pakistan between Afghanistan and India, Modi said, “We also have to be careful that no country is able to misuse the delicate situation in Afghanistan as a tool for its selfishness. “
Modi’s appeal for women’s protection in Afghanistan comes amid indications that the Taliban have limited women’s rights since the capture of Kabul, despite recent statements that they are trying to ease restrictions on women and girls. were willing to. Women were largely banned from public life during the previous Taliban regime in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.
India’s prime minister, which competes with China for influence in Kashmir and the Indian Ocean region, also cited the need to protect the oceans from a “race of expansion and exclusion”.
Other speakers in the assembly on Saturday included leaders from Ethiopia, Mali and Haiti.