Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that “Moscow is ready to participate in the inauguration ceremony of a new government in Afghanistan, provided that it represents all components of Afghan society.”
In press statements yesterday, Lavrov affirmed Moscow’s intention to “support the process of forming a government that represents all segments of Afghan society, including the Taliban and non-Pashtun ethnic groups, namely Uzbeks, Khazars, Hazaras and Tajiks.”
“Only such a comprehensive government will guarantee a reliable transition to a new life, and if this happens, I think that we will gladly participate in such ceremonies with other invited countries that have an impact on the situation in this country,” the Russian minister continued.
The minister did not rule out that “the Russian side has received this invitation.”
Earlier yesterday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that “the movement has sent an invitation to a number of countries to participate in the ceremony of announcing the formation of the new Afghan government in Afghanistan.” Meanwhile, Al-Jazeera quoted a source in the movement that “the invitation has been sent to Turkey, China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and Qatar.”
For its part, the Chinese Foreign Ministry refrained from confirming or denying that Beijing had received an invitation from the Taliban, only noting that China calls for the formation of an “open and tolerant government” in Afghanistan that effectively combats terrorism and builds fruitful relations with neighboring countries.
While one of the Russian political experts doubted the possibility of official representatives from Moscow, Ankara and Beijing to arrive in Kabul at the invitation of the “Taliban”, although he did not rule out the possibility of the presence of diplomats from the three countries who did not leave the Afghan capital for the inauguration ceremony of the new government.