ISLAMABAD: Russia‘s foreign minister arrived Tuesday in Pakistan for a two-day go to anticipated to give attention to efforts to carry peace to neighboring Afghanistan.
Sergey Lavrov‘s go to comes as a May 1 deadline for US troops to depart Afghanistan in line with a deal Washington signed a 12 months in the past with the Taliban appears more and more unlikely.
The US has accelerated efforts to get a peace deal for Afghanistan however can also be looking for a three-to-six month extension on the troop withdrawal deadline amid repeated statements from President Joe Biden that America desires to finish its longest warfare. That’s in accordance to officers conversant in the talks who spoke to The Associated Press on situation of anonymity to focus on the negotiations.
The Taliban have warned in opposition to overstepping the deadline and threatened extra assaults together with an finish to a moratorium on assaults in opposition to US and NATO troops.
Afghanistan has seen a nationwide spike in bombings, focused killings, and violence on the battlefield as peace negotiations in Qatar between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities have stalled.
Lavrov heads a 13-member delegation that features Moscow’s particular consultant for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov. Russia has intensified efforts to interject itself as a key participant in the peace push and final month, Moscow hosted Taliban and Afghan authorities officers for a one-day assembly.
Following a ten-12 months occupation and 1000’s of troopers who died in Afghanistan, the Soviets negotiated their exit from Afghanistan in February, 1989, after so-referred to as proximity talks between Afghanistan’s communist authorities and the US-backed mujahedeen, many of whom are actually in the Taliban whereas others are warlords linked to the Kabul authorities.
Three years later the pro-Moscow authorities led by President Najibullah, who used just one title, fell to the mujahedeen.
Lavrov’s go to to Pakistan is the primary by a Russian foreign minister in 9 years. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi mentioned in a video assertion Tuesday that the go to is indicative of a more in-depth relationship between the 2 nations.
Russia’s prime diplomat arrives from India. While in Pakistan, Lavrov will meet Prime Minister Imran Khan, who just lately recovered from Covid-19, in addition to Pakistan’s highly effective military chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa.
“Pakistan and Russia are working collectively in the Afghan peace course of,” Qureshi mentioned in the video assertion.