The Special envoys of Pakistan, China and Russia on Tuesday met Afghanistan’s acting Prime Minister Mullah Hassan Akhund in Kabul as part of diplomatic efforts by key regional countries, seeking an inclusive government in Afghanistan acceptable to the international community.
This was the second meeting of the head of the interim Afghan government with foreign diplomats after Akhund held talks with the Qatari foreign minister earlier this month, The Express Tribune reported.
The Taliban spokesperson confirmed the meeting after posting the photos on social media, however, didn’t provide the details of the meeting.
In a tweet, Pakistani Ambassador, Mansoor Ahmad Khan said that “Special Envoys on Afg of Pakistan Amb Sadiq, Russia Zamir Kabulov and China Yue Xiaoyong visited Kabul & called on Afghan Acting Prime Minister M. Hassan Akhund & senior leaders to discuss peace, stability & inclusive governance”.
The special envoys have also separately met with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and the head of the Afghan Peace Council Dr Abdullah Abdullah.
The Russian foreign ministry said that a joint statement would be issued after the meeting.
At the recent meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran asked the US and its Western allies, which were part of the 20-year-long war in Afghanistan, to bear primary responsibility for the post-conflict reconstruction of Afghanistan.
The foreign ministers of the four countries who met on the sidelines of the SCO summit called on the US to engage with the Taliban and they also urged the new Afghan rulers to yield power to remain peaceful to neighbours and combat terrorism and drug trafficking.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the SCO should use its potential to stimulate the new Afghan authorities in fulfilling their promises on normalising life and bringing security in Afghanistan.
Without mentioning the United States by name, the Chinese Counterpart Xi Jinping said that certain countries should assume their due responsibilities for Afghanistan’s future development, having been instigators of the situation.
However, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan hailed a rare opportunity to end 40 years of war in Afghanistan. He also urged the Taliban to ensure representation of all ethnic groups in its government and encouraged the creation of an inclusive political structure representing all ethnic groups in Afghanistan.