Afghan Taliban seek Pakistan, Russia and China guarantees over US troops promised withdrawal, revealed Russian envoy

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ISLAMABAD - Afghan Taliban seek Pakistan, Russia and China guarantees over US troops promised withdrawal after the peace deal, revealed Russian envoy

Russia’s Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov has said that the Taliban group wants solid and serious guarantees for its future deal with the United States.

The Taliban movement has said many times at its discussions with both the US and other [sides] that it wants to see serious guarantors of its future deal with the United States.

Among such guarantors they named Russia, China and Pakistan,” the diplomat said.

Kabulov reportedly made the remarks after the conclusion of a trilateral summit between U.S., Russia, and China in Washington.

“Both we and the Chinese are certainly interested in immediate success of the US talks with the Taliban movement, five rounds of which were held in Doha. That’s why this is a key moment for further progress towards a stable peace in Afghanistan,” Kabulov was quoted as saying in a report by Russia’s TASS News Agency.

“As soon as the US agrees with the Taliban on the schedule of foreign troops’ withdrawal, we can start makingnext and more particular steps, leading to establishing peace in Afghanistan: this is ceasefire and a whole number of other <…> steps, and the most important of them will be direct talks of a broad spectrum of Afghans with the Taliban movement,” he added.

“The Taliban movement has said many times at its discussions with both the US and other [sides] that it wants to see serious guarantors of its future deal with the United States. Among such guarantors they named Russia [and also] China, Pakistan and Iran,” the diplomat said.

“I quoted the Taliban as saying that they want to have solid and serious international guarantees. When we come to that point: yes, why not?” Kabulov was quoted as saying by TASS News Agency.

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