Russia calls Afghan government as "Kabul State" and Afghan Taliban as a Political Force to reckon with

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*KABUL - The Russian Embassy in Kabul says Moscow considers the Afghan Taliban as a “political force” and that ready to remove the armed group’s name from its own blacklist.*

Describing the Afghan government as “Kabul State”, the Russian deputy ambassador to Afghanistan Albert Khorev on Thursday criticized the Afghan government leaders’ stand against the recent Moscow talks.

“Kabul State – instead of positively evaluating the approaches of Russia and the United States and the reconciliation initiatives of these two countries – has protested and moved away from the issues, which surprised us,” Khorev said.

The deputy Russian envoy also said that Russia considers the Afghan Taliban as a political force and that now it is the time to remove the armed group’s name from the UN blacklist.

Khorev stressed that if the UN removed the Taliban from its blacklist, his country would also be ready to clear the Taliban from its own blacklist.

However, the Afghan government has strongly reacted to Russia’s recent presumption about the Taliban.