The United States cannot and should not transform the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan into the relocation of its military facilities to Central Asia, Russia’s special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said on Friday.
“We have already sent such a signal to Washington at various levels, I hope it will be heard,” Kabulov told Russian news agency, RIA.
Calling the current fighting between the Afghan government and the Taliban “a dead end”, the diplomat urged all sides to establish a coalition government.
He promised international support in forming an interim government, stressing that “the final decision on the configuration and parameters of the future power structure should be made by Afghans themselves.”
The envoy expects that the negotiation will begin at a time closer to autumn.
“We continue to work together in the format of an expanded ‘troika’ with the participation of Russia, the United States, China, and Pakistan,” he said. “We do not rule out the convening of its next round in the near future. In addition, we keep in mind the possibility of organizing another meeting of the Moscow format, which, as you know, unites all the countries of the region around.”