Russia, China, Iran to work with Taliban towards 'regional stability'
MOSCOW, Oct 20, 2021 (BSS/AFP) - Russia and Central Asia
powerbrokers agreed Wednesday to work with the Taliban to promote
security in the region and called on Afghanistan's new leaders to
implement "moderate" policies.
Moscow hosted the Taliban for talks in the Russian capital, seeking
to assert its influence in the region and push for action against
Islamic State fighters, which it says have massed in perennially
Representatives of 10 countries including China and Iran agreed in
a statement after the talks to continue to "promote security in
Afghanistan to contribute to regional stability".
The participants also called on the Taliban to "practise moderate
and sound internal and external policies" and "adopt friendly policies
towards neighbours of Afghanistan".
On domestic policy, they called on them to "respect the rights of
ethnic groups, women and children".
Women's rights under the Islamist regime are a top concern.
There was alarm too in Western circles when this week Interior
Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, one of the most senior figures in the
Taliban government, hailed suicide bombers as "heroes of Islam".
But the Taliban badly need allies. Afghanistan's economy is in a
poor state with international aid cut off, food prices rising and
Representatives of countries at the talks in Moscow called for
"consolidated efforts to provide urgent humanitarian and economic
assistance to the Afghan people in the post-conflict reconstruction of
They also called for a United Nations international donor
conference "as soon as possible".
Military actors in the country over the last 20 years should be
responsible for post-conflict reconstruction and development, they
said -- a clear reference to the US-led occupying force that pulled
out of Afghanistan at the end of August.