Russia and China support delisting of Afghan Taliban form UN

Islamabad: In trilateral dialogue Russia, China and Pakistan  expressed their willingness to delist the names of Afghan Taliban form United Nation terrorist list to facilitate peace process in Afghanistan. According to a statement issued by foreign office of Pakistan the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China as the UN Security Council permanent members confirmed their flexible approach to delisting Afghan individuals from the UN sanctions lists as their contribution to the efforts aimed at launching peaceful dialogue between Kabul and the Taliban. The foreign affairs officials of trio agreed to proceed with consultations in an expanded format and would welcome the participation of Afghanistan, the joint press release concluded after a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday.

According to a joint press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affars, this was agreed during the third round of the trilateral consultations on regional issues of Special Representatives on Afghanistan and Senior Officials of Russia, China and Pakistan held in Moscow on Tuesday. Russia, China and paksitan on Tuesday agreed to continue their efforts towards further facilitating Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan according to the known principles of reintegration of the armed opposition into peaceful life.

The participants also met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov. The three sides exchanged views on the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, expressed particular concern regarding the increased activities of the extremist groups including the ISIL (Daesh) affiliates in the country.

It is noted that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s national unity government has reportedly questioned the motives of the trilateral dialogue, but Russian officials maintained that the “working group on Afghanistan” is one of several initiatives Moscow has undertaken with regional countries, including Afghanistan, to develop a “wider partnership” for containing IS influence. Beijing, Islamabad and Moscow say the three-way talks will also explore ways to bring the Taliban to the table for peace talks with the Afghan government.

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