Press release on regional consultations on Afghanistan in Moscow
On April 14, Moscow hosted a regular round of regional talks on Afghanistan held between deputy foreign ministers and senior officials from Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. An invitation to participate in these discussions was also extended to the United States, which did not attend them for unclear reasons.
The main issue on the agenda was the coordination of regional efforts to assist the process of national reconciliation in the interests of restoring peace in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as soon as possible.
The parties held an open and detailed exchange of opinions on the current state of and military-political prospects in Afghanistan. They expressed a shared concern over the growing terrorist activity in the country, which is increasing the bloodshed and compounding the suffering of the people of Afghanistan. The participants pointed out that there is no military solution to the Afghan crisis and that it can only be settled through the restoration of national accord by political means, in keeping with UN Security Council resolutions.
The participants outlined their support for the efforts taken by the Kabul government and the socio-political forces to restore peace in Afghanistan and reaffirmed their willingness to provide general support towards this goal. They also issued an appeal to the Taliban to abandon the use of force to resolve the internal Afghan conflict and to launch a direct dialogue with the government to work towards national reconciliation.
The parties welcomed Russia’s initiative to host intra-Afghan talks.
Discussion participants urged the international community to continue to provide comprehensive assistance to Afghanistan to stabilise the situation and attain national reconciliation as soon as possible.
They also agreed to continue these consultations in the Moscow format.