Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddi Rabbani on Monday left Kabul for Russia at an official invitation from Moscow, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said.
Afghan Foreign Ministry in a statement earlier Sunday said that the minister will on Tuesday meet with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov who extended the invitation.
During the meeting, Rabbani will discuss on expansion of relations and cooperation between the two countries in the areas of politics, military, economy, trade, culture, countering shared security threats, drugs, according to a statement from Afghan Foreign Ministry.
The sides will also exchange views on supporting each other in international events and organizations.
The visit will take place days after Russian Foreign Ministry reiterated concerns about security situation in Afghanistan.
“We watch closely the situation with security in Afghanistan, and we are concerned about the growing combat and terrorist activities of the armed opposition,” Russian’s Foreign Ministry said. “Great concerns are caused by the spread of influence of the Islamic State group, its aspirations to acquire other units of the armed opposition.”
The visit is expected also as Afghan officials and lawmakers have questioned and condemned Russia’s contacts with the Taliban militant group. However, Russia denies it provides aid to the insurgents.
Also, there have been a series of consultations between Russia, China and Pakistan on Afghanistan that has so far excluded Kabul.