Tashkent, 28 July 2022 (TDI): The Russian government emphasized the need to release Afghanistan’s assets seized illegally by Washington and its European satellites.
Russian Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesperson, Ivan Nechaev highlighted this regarding the outcome of the Tashkent international conference on Afghanistan.
Nechaev said that the “illegal seizure” of Afghanistan’s assets is hindering stabilization in Afghanistan. Specifically, the attempts made by the international community to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan.
💬 #Nechaev: On July 25-26, Tashkent hosted an international conference on Afghanistan.
☝️ We emphasised the importance of unfreezing Kabul’s assets seized illegally by Washington and its European satellites, which is hindering stabilisation in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/p737GeDiep
— MFA Russia 🇷🇺 (@mfa_russia) July 27, 2022
On the other hand, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West said that Washington is prepared to join partners. Especially in ensuring support for the Afghan people.
No foreign country should hand-pick leaders or impose a process on Afghans, but the United States stands ready to join partners in supporting dialogue among Afghans regarding a brighter and more inclusive future for their children.
— U.S. Special Representative Thomas West (@US4AfghanPeace) July 26, 2022
Speaking at the Tashkent conference, the US Representative further stated that it is within the interest of the whole world to make efforts towards the economic stabilization of Afghanistan.
Russia’s support for Afghanistan
The Russian Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov announced that Russia took a decision to cancel duties on Afghan imports. Also to resume the supply of oil and grain to the country. Kabulov said this at the Tashkent International Conference on Afghanistan.
More to this, Russia realized that humanitarian aid was insufficient to support Afghanistan. Thus, it is prepared to develop economic relations and trade with Afghanistan.
This year in March, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov had a meeting with the Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi.
In line with the Russian Foreign Minister’s opening remarks, he mentioned the significance of the opportunity to conduct a bilateral meeting. That is, on the margins of the conference that the Chinese convened at the time.
Moreover, the third meeting of the participants of the Moscow Format Consultations on Afghanistan was held on 20 October 2021.
Likewise, special representatives and senior officials from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan adopted a joint statement. Along with a high-level delegation of the interim Afghan government.
Above all, the parties reiterated their respect for Afghanistan’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, and reaffirmed their commitment to Afghanistan.