Afghan representative in a regional meeting in Moscow on Wednesday emphasized that the Taliban should not receive anybody's support.
Representatives from six countries including also Pakistan, India, China and Iran gathered in Moscow to consult on situation on Afghanistan. That followed a series of consultations between Russia, China and Pakistan that excluded Kabul.
The meeting came amid allegations including by U.S. that Russia supports Taliban, apparently to counter the threat of Islamic State. Although, Russia has rejected the accusations.
Addressing the gathering, Mohammad Ashraf Haidari, the Director-General of Policy and Strategy at the Afghan Foreign Ministry, noted that the unity government is the legitimate, elected government of Afghanistan.
“Taliban lack the national and moral legitimacy to represent the Afghan people, who reject terrorism perpetrated by the Taliban and their foreign terrorist allied networks in the name of Islam,” he said.
In the previous meeting, the three countries agreed on removing certain figures from sanctions lists as part of efforts to faster a peaceful dialogue between Kabul and the Taliban.
Haidari said that Afghanistan welcomes any genuine efforts for peace in Afghanistan as he said success in this regard will not only stabilize Afghanistan but also ensure regional security.
Referring to Quadrilateral Coordination Group meetings, he said that Afghanistan made efforts for peace. However, he implicitly suggested that Pakistan, where Taliban leadership is based in, didn’t cooperate in this regard.
“The key challenge to the process remained a polity selectivity by some to distinguish between good and bad terrorists,” he said.
Noting that terrorism is a long-term threat to the peace and prosperity of the region and the world, Haidari said: “We should deliver a clear, unified message to the Taliban: That we all want peace and pursue it unrelentingly to the end; That the Taliban will not have anybody’s support in pursuit of their terrorist and murderous campaign; and that all of us want them to renounce violence, cut ties with regional and global terrorist networks, and embrace the opportunity for peace talks.”
During the meeting, the participating nations called for Central Asian nations to be included in future discussions. However, U.S., which is major backer of Afghanistan, has continued to be sidelined in the negotiations.
Haidari noted that the U.S. is “one of our most important partners, and has one essential role to play in all these and other processes that should end war and usher in sustainable peace in Afghanistan.”