The Taliban asserted that there would be no peace in Afghanistan without negotiating a new government. At a time, its spokesman explained to Russian news agencies that the movement controls 90% of Afghanistan’s borders, as it is leading an attack simultaneous with the withdrawal of foreign forces. Zabihullah Mujahid added that “the Afghan borders with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran, or nearly 90 percent, are under our control.”
However, the Afghan government completely denied this information, and Defense Ministry spokesman Fouad Aman described, through his Twitter account, the movement’s claim to control 90% of Afghanistan’s borders, as one of the fabricated news of this year. Aman stressed that government forces still control the country’s borders and all “major cities and highways.”
Do not remove the Taliban from the terrorist list
On the other hand, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the Taliban had informed it of its readiness to form an inclusive government with the authorities in Kabul.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia does not plan to exclude the Taliban from the list of banned organizations. In response to a journalist’s question in this regard, Peskov told reporters, on Friday: “There is nothing new in this field. If there is anything new, we will inform you about it.” “The Taliban is a really big and noticeable force that is active in Afghanistan,” he added.
He stressed that Russia pays great attention to the issue of not endangering the borders of its partners due to the situation in Afghan territory. “It is important for us that everything that happens in Afghanistan does not pose a threat to the borders of our partners and, above all, Tajikistan,” he said.
Russia urges dialogue
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, also announced that settling the situation in Afghanistan requires dialogue between all ethnic and political groups, including the Taliban. He said that forces in Kabul are in their interest to maintain the current situation to remain in power, and stressed that in the interest of Afghanistan the government must launch a dialogue as soon as possible, with everyone, including the Taliban.
US air strikes
On the other hand, the United States has carried out air strikes to support Afghan government forces facing pressure from the Taliban. Defense Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters that the strikes were in support of Afghan security forces in recent days, without giving further details.
In addition, a senior official in Tajikistan said on Friday that his country is preparing to receive up to 100,000 refugees from Afghanistan.