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Moscow Meeting and Taliban

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Afghan new ruler, the Taliban agreed to cooperate with Russia, China and Iran on regional security. This agreement was reached after Russia warned about the resurgence of the Islamic State group and the threat of drug trafficking, following the militant group's takeover of Afghanistan.

As reported by the AFP news agency, Thursday (10/21), during the talks in Moscow, the ten participating countries: Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan that were present also called for "urgent" humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan. They also said that the countries that had recently withdrawn troops from Afghanistan should fund reconstruction efforts.

The meeting in Moscow is the Taliban's latest international appearance since seizing power in Afghanistan.

Although at the meeting, Russia, China and Iran agreed to assist regional security in Afghanistan, official international recognition of the Taliban government has not yet been obtained. The parties who attended the Moscow meeting were indeed present specifically to voice concerns about the activities of the ISIS group. They reaffirmed their willingness to continue to promote security in Afghanistan and contribute to regional stability but did not mention anything about recognizing the Taliban.

The attitude of the Taliban themselves who are willing to appear and cooperate, especially to prevent the rise of ISIS, is considered by many to be a very positive step.

The countries that participate at the meeting should further encourage Afghanistan's current leadership to take further steps, to improve and to form a truly inclusive government, as they declared after taking over Afghanistan. This must reflect the interests of all the major ethno-political forces in the country, including stressing the importance of respecting the rights of ethnic groups, women and children. The Taliban must be able to work with all parties to honor and fulfill their commitments.

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