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NATO has failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan: Russia

NATO has failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan: Russia

Apr 20, 2017 - 11:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Russian ambassador in Kabul has termed NATOinfo-icon’s mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon a failure, saying the alliance has been unable to eradicate terrorism and drugs from the country.

Alexander Mantytskiy, addressing a press conference in Kabul on Wednesday, hoped NATO would accomplish the objectives in Afghanistan which remained elusive it in the past 15 years.

Rejecting criticism of Moscow’s contacts with the Talibaninfo-icon, Mantytskiy said they supported the democratically-elected Afghan government and the reconciliation process with the Taliban.

Earlier, reports circulated in the media the Russian had established close contacts with the insurgent movement in a bid to combat Daesh or Islamic State (IS) and prevent the expansion of its foothold.

The Russian diplomat characterised the Taliban as a political force in Afghanistan and urged talks between the group and the government in Kabul to end decades of conflict in the country.

He said dialogue was the only way forward to resolve the conflict and recognised the process would be lengthy. Mantytskiy offered Russia’s readiness to facilitate talks between the government and the Taliban, if Kabul agreed.

He said Russian would support Taliban dialogue if the group pledged to distance itself from Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups and accept the constitution of Afghanistan as the country supreme law. He, however, said the peace process should be Afghan led where both sides could resolve their differences.

He urged relations between the two countries should not be negatively propagated, adding foreign ministries of Afghanistan and Russia were the two empowered bodies from where the interpretation of the two states relation should come from.

Mantytskiy called the Uzbakistan Islamic Movement (UIM), which recently formed an alliance with Daesh in Afghanistan, a threat to Russia. Daesh wanted to find influence through northern Afghanistan into Russian, he claimed.

He said his country wanted to cooperate with Afghanistan on counternarcotics and counterterrorism issues, including the fight against Daesh.



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